There are a host of great ways to ruin your chances of selling your home over the holidays.
For one, you could put Kevin McCallister in charge of greeting prospective buyers. But it’s the holidays, so you probably don’t have the time to build elaborate Rube Goldberg devices designed to take out even the most determined of house hunters.
If you’re short on time and need to sabotage your chances of selling your home before the end of the fiscal year, here are three easy ways to ruin your holiday home sale:
1. Date Your Listing Photos
Nothing says “no one wants to buy this house” like viewing listing photos in April that are covered with holiday decorations. The national real estate market is moving very quickly right now, with properties selling in an average of 39 days on the market. But should your home linger on market a little longer, that inflatable Santa in the front lawn of your listing photo will seal the deal.
EASY FIX: If your goal is to list and sell your house over the holidays, watch out for photos that look too seasonal. Make sure your professional listing photos have been taken before you decorate the mantel with the kids’ popsicle stick hand turkeys, or that you’re prepared to have a new set of photos taken after the new year.
2. Overdo the Holiday Decorations
Even if your listing photos are immaculately season neutral, you can still use your holiday decor to drive away visitors. Simply prepare for open houses and walkthroughs by covering every square foot of your yard and home with holiday decorations. For the best effect, don’t put away the fall and Thanksgiving decorations before taking out items for Christmas or Chanukah. Remember our decoration motto: If you can still see the floor, you have room for more.
EASY FIX: Simple, tasteful seasonal decorations (especially if they are holiday neutral) are a great way to show prospective buyers your home’s design potential. To avoid alienating any buyers, it’s also best to skip any decor that’s overtly religious.
3. Schedule a Full House over Your Open House
Contrary to popular belief, demonstrating just how many extended family members can fit into your two-bedroom bungalow for your annual family reunion is a terrible way to attract homebuyers. So…go for it! Load up that dining room table, destroy the kitchen with dirty pots and pans, cover your office in wrapping paper, pull in as many lawn chairs as you can fit into the living room, and thoroughly dust the guest bathroom sink with Aunt Ida’s scented body powder (the scent is talc).
EASY FIX: Though you might see home showings slow through the holidays, it’s also a great time for buyers who are relocating to take a trip to the mountains, which can include a walkthrough of your home. Focus on keeping your home neat and tidy. And maybe let your cousin Rick host the family reunion this year.
All real estate is local. In order to make confident real estate decisions, we believe it is important for you to have timely and neighborhood-specific information. If you would like more information about ruining your chances of selling your home before New Year’s, our experts at Beverly-Hanks are here to help. Contact us today to speak with a Beverly-Hanks real estate agent about not selling your Western North Carolina home.