12 Tips to Sell Your Home During the Holidays

Conventional wisdom is that trying to sell a home during the holidays is futile. But the reality is that homes can – and do – sell during the winter months.


Here are 12 tips to help make it happen!

  1. Deck The Halls. Just don’t over-decorate all the halls, walls, doors, etc.
  2. Tone It Down. Consider replacing holiday trimmings with winter-themed décor.
  3. The Nose Knows. Be sure that air fresheners aren’t overpowering. You don’t want to trigger a sneeze-fest with your guests.
  4. Hide Holiday Gifts. Okay, this won’t help sell your home, but it will reduce the likelihood of stolen or damaged gifts.*
  5. Stash The Breakables. With schools and daycares on break, little ones may be visiting homes with their parents or grandparents.
  6. Don’t Ignore Curb Appeal… even if the curb is buried under the snow.
  7. A Picture Paints A Thousand Words. And hopefully generates thousands of extra dollars. Ask your real estate agent to list your home with exterior photos from all seasons.
  8. Phone It In. Post a video of your home, so people can watch it while they’re stuck in line at the mall. And if the weather is nasty, they can view it while staying indoors.
  9. Hang It Up. Put a fun or stylish coat rack, umbrella stand and boot tray near the front door. Visitors will feel welcome and you’ll protect your home from wet footwear.
  10. Sweeten Their Visit. Set out treats with festive napkins and a “Help Yourself!” note. (Buying goodies is fine, no need to add baking to your To-Do list.)
  11. Home For The Holidays. Ask your real estate agent if they will be in town and available for showings. If not, request that they put you in touch with one of their associates.
  12. Price It Right. Work with your real estate pro to determine what price is likely to move your home more quickly.

Most of these suggestions aren’t time-consuming or expensive, but they can give your home the edge when competing with other properties. Happy sales to you!


* We don’t believe that people are inherently dishonest or naturally clumsy, but we like to include a variety of tips that address a wide range of situations.

- By Jena Harwell, Dec 12, 2016