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Staging and selling tips for the holiday season

December 9, 2014

Sell Your Home in December

Many would-be home sellers think they shouldn't list their property during the holidays. While it may be a pain to keep a home tidy and ready to show during their busiest time of year, there are compelling reasons to market a house in November and December.  For one thing, there are fewer competing properties on the market. Additionally, people looking for a new home during this time of year are serious and committed.


Subtle Scents, Neutral Colors

Moreover, the holidays offer an opportunity for sellers to enhance their home's charm. For instance, they can use mistletoe, tinsel and other subtle props to grab prospects' attention; choose color palettes that complement the traditional colors of the season and allow holiday decor to blend in seamlessly.


Traditional Christmas decorations such as metallic gold, silver and bronze design touches can also lighten up dark spaces. And lightly scented holiday soaps, candles and even simmering apple cider can create a warm and cozy atmosphere.


Sellers can also use the fireplace to create natural light and an inviting ambiance, and they can play up the home's exterior with holiday lights.  However, sellers must remember to keep it neutral, keeping in mind, for example, that overtly religious themes may turn off some potential homebuyers.


Source: WilmingtonBiz (NC) (11/01/14) McKoy, Kevin

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