Today I’ll answer two common questions about selling during the holidays.
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There are two questions that I often hear this time of year: 1) “Should I put my house on the market now or wait until spring?” and 2) “If I do put my house on the market now, is it okay to decorate for the holidays?”
Should You Sell Now or Wait?
If you want top dollar for your home, I would advise you to get it on the market as soon as possible. Right now, demand is high and interest rates are at 2.2% (an all-time low), so buyers are out in droves trying to find the perfect home and lock in that great rate. Even if you don’t plan to move until the spring, you can still get your home on the market now and use this time to secure a contract, get through inspections, ensure that your buyer’s finances are good, and negotiate a closing date.
Try to take your listing photos before you decorate for the holidays.
Should You Decorate for the Holidays?
You can decorate your home, but minimize your decorations to avoid making living spaces feel small. Light, tasteful decorations are preferred when selling so that buyers can focus on the home instead of the decor. Additionally, when you take photos of your home, certain decorations can timestamp it—if you still have Halloween decorations in your listing photos now, it can cause people to wonder how long the home has been on the market, and why. Try to take your listing photos before you decorate for the holidays. If you have to get new photos after the holidays are over, that’s okay, too.
If you’re thinking about selling your home and would like to know what you could get for it in today’s market, my team and I are on standby seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., so feel free to give us a call! We’d be glad to help you.