Selling Your Home Before the Holidays

Halloween is this week, with Thanksgiving and the holidays just around the corner. If you plan on selling your home this year, you’re running out of time! Most buyers want to be in their new home before the holidays hit and those calendar days are slipping away if you are aiming for a home sale in 2019.

According to Ellie Mae, the average amount of time it takes for homebuyers to close on their home purchases is six weeks. If you add in the two weeks that it typically takes a seller to prepare their home for sale based on our staging suggestions, pre-inspection repairs, etc. that adds up to eight weeks, putting you at the very end of the December.

While it might seem like time has almost run out for 2019, national home inventories are still considered to be low, which means buyers on the market are looking to buy quickly, which could result in a fast transaction before the holidays hit.

Here are a few pro-tips on how to sell your home quickly, especially as we head into the end of the year!

Polish your online listing

With the weather turning colder and fewer hours of daylight, buyers want to do much of their looking online. Make sure that your home has an online listing that is up to date, with beautiful professional photos and a well written description of the property. The majority of home buyers will vet potential homes through online listings before reaching out to selling agents.

Play up the holiday features

Take advantage of the fall and holiday season to enhance the visual appeal of your home! Accent architectural features like a staircase or fireplace to showcase how perfect your home can be for the holidays. Help your buyers imagine their first Thanksgiving or Christmas by clearing the clutter or showcasing family-friendly areas in your home.

Be flexible with showings

In order to get buyers to put in offers, make sure they have the opportunity to see your home in person. The best thing you can do during the holiday season is to keep the home ready at all times and be willing to show short-notice.

Everyone’s schedule is impacted by the holidays, so be as flexible as possible!

Offer incentives

While competition against other buyers does reduces as we head into November, incentives can be just the thing to set you ahead of the pack. Offer what you can - updated appliances, extras like TVs, or even an offer to cover the closing costs - to encourage multiple offers.

Make curb appeal a top priority

Maintaining the exterior of your home becomes even more important as leaves begin to fall. Make sure to touch up paint, clean out gutters, and highlight outdoor features that can be enjoyed year-round. Also, adding a decorative wreath, painting the front door or other such embellishments can help your home standout against the graying skies of the fall/winter.

With the holidays around the corner, many sellers may decide to wait until January to list their homes, which could get your home more interest this year. If you are interested in starting the process, call and speak to one of our expert team members today.

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