What Are The Chances Of Selling Your House Over The Holidays?
This question comes up every year around this time, when home sellers are wondering about the logistics of having their home listed for sale while the house will be full of family members or decorated for Christmas. Firstly it does not have to be do or die situation, most everyone has lived through a major national, religious or family holiday, so they have a feel for the added stress/joy it can cause. If your home has been on the market a while you are used to getting notifications for showings (hopefully!) and if you have a good agent they would have advised you to be as flexible and as accommodating as possible to get every potential home buyer in the house.
When the holidays arrive its certainly OK to dial that back a bit to allow you to enjoy the time with family if need be. I would suggest you always have a back up plan, remember you want to sell the house and if a buyer wants to see it… so know what movies are playing, what outdoor activities are going on in your town. What restaurants are open, are there new ones you haven’t tried yet, Manning’s in Clayton, NC for instance.
You are possibly moving out of the area and there was something or someplace you have wanted to do or see and have been putting it off, now’s your chance. Hey just go for a walk around the neighborhood or find the nearest walking trails.
Decorate For The Holidays How’s That Going To Play Into Thing’s?
Not everyone decorates for the holidays, not everyone celebrates these holidays but if you do and decorating is something you always do, then by all means do it. There is a train of thought that says you should remove all personal pictures and the like from a home when you list it for sale, I don’t necessarily agree with that. Each home is different and what works in one may not be so appropriate in another, but let’s be honest here, the buyers know there are people living in the house, it’s not a model home after all.
Decorating a home for the holidays is different, most people enjoy a home that is decorated, go to a Lowe’s Home Improvement, Costco or Home Depot after the second week in September and you’ll likely see their holiday decorations creeping towards the Halloween decorations and their coveted spot near the door. It’s not just one aisle anymore though, most of the big stores devote entire sections of the store to holiday decorations. Unless you view having your house listed over the holidays as an excuse not to decorate…!
I have been in many homes for sale over the holidays and have seen a lot of interesting decorating ideas, my advise would be to not overcrowd the house, remember we always say to de-clutter a house that’s for sale, so if you have a cluttered house now, covering the clutter with decorations is not going to improve on that.
Is There A Better Time Of The Year To Sell Your Home
Statistically speaking the best time of the year to sell a house is in the Spring and early Summer because families want to be settled in their new homes before school starts and Summer was when people took vacations and could afford time to move. But just because it’s when the most homes are typically sold doesn’t matter to the home buyer who just got transferred in November or the couple who just found out are having twins and need a bigger house. Maybe a couple are splitting up and they need to downsize, there are all kinds of reasons people buy homes and the time of year is not always a factor.
You hear “experts” say that if a home buyer is looking at homes over the holidays they must be serious and are ready to buy, I have not found this to be true at all. I have shown homes over the holiday to people who were using their time off work to explore the area and see what the homes for sale in Clayton were like. The same “experts” say that if a house is listed for sale over the holidays that the sellers must be keen to sell and you will get a great deal. Also rubbish. Most homes on the market over the holidays are on their either because they were listed a couple of months previous or the circumstances in the sellers life choose this time to sell.
Less homes for sale meaning less competition is often touted as a reason to sell your home over the holidays, but I just took a look at Flowers Plantation here in Clayton when in April there were 70 homes for sale and this week there are 72.
All It Takes Is One Buyer
If your house is on the market and you’re wondering if it’s wise to take it off for the holidays i will share this story from a few years ago. The house I had listed had been on the market a couple of months and as Christmas approached the sellers asked if they could take it off the market as they had family in town, the house was full of wrapping paper, have finished decorations, in fact
“That there, Oh That’s an RV”
…yep there was an RV in the driveway.
We took it off the market and a day or so later an agent in my office came running up to me as I was leaving wondering why she couldn’t find it in the MLS. She had buyers in town for the weekend, she had seen the house on tour and thought it would be perfect for them. I quickly called the sellers and asked if she could show it, they were reluctant, but they also wanted to move into their new home, so they agreed. They actually hid in the RV during the showing! The buyer bought the house and my clients signed the contract for their new home on Christmas Eve.
If you’d like to get more information about selling your home in Clayton, Garner, Wake or Johnston Counties, give me a call at (919) 601-268 or email firstname.lastname@example.org