One of the toughest things about selling a home during the holidays is working around what is already a busy time of year. For that reason alone, many people simply take their home off of the market and choose to re-list it right after the holiday season is past.
But if you ARE selling your home during the holidays, (and there are a lot of reasons TO do it), here are some tips to make it easier.
Tip 1: Make your schedule clear to showing agents. Let them know if your home has limited availability to be seen and have them call your listing agent for specifics. By doing that, you have given them fair warning and you can avoid people wanting to see your home when you have house guests.
Tip 2: Communicate effectively with potential buyers. This is something that we do for you, but having an agent that "gets it" is important. Holidays are stressful. Showings, follow up, feedback and communication are crucial when everyone's nerves are already frazzled with lots of things to do. Our goal as REALTORS is to remove obstacles and make sure that more obstacles are not created. That often means MORE communication, not less.
Tip 3: Decorate tastefully. Potential buyers will want to be able to "picture" their stuff in your home. Over decorating is not needed. Simple but tasteful decorations of the season are all that is needed. Not currently living in your home? If it is already furnished or staged, decorate it simply anyway! It puts the focus on them being able to see their family there.
Bonus Tip: Treats for potential buyers. Since you often have more warning (if you schedule showings right during the holidays), and you often have candy and treats on hand from friends...why not do a little creative re-gifting and surprise potential buyers with a small plate of goodies. The cost is next to nothing, but the goodwill that you might gain from it if they make an offer on your home is quite high.
Happy Holiday Home Selling!