Considering selling a home in Erie, PA but not sure if you should wait until after the holidays have passed to list your home? Stop thinking and start doing! There are many reasons the holidays are actually a good time to sell a home. Here are some pro tips to getting your home sold for top dollar during the holiday season.
How to Sell Your Home During the Holidays
1. Get Festive
Yes, this is an invitation to give your home a little holiday cheer, so long as you’re careful not to go overboard! Try to keep it religion-neutral, and steer clear of tacky or (sorry kids) homemade. Make sure your decor matches your current color schemes, and use accent pieces to highlight your home’s best features. Beware of things like large trees or excess decorations that can make rooms feel smaller or cramped.
2. But Stage First
Before you add more decor and clutter to your home, make sure you start with a clean palette. That means cleaning, removing clutter, rearranging furniture, painting or removing other decor if you need to… then adding decorations.
3. Make Sure Online Photos Shine
Since the weather outside might be a little less than desirable, many buyers are making their online home searches a more critical before they venture out. So make sure you photos really sell your home. It pays to have a professional stage and photograph your home. Creating a video tour also isn’t a bad way to show off to buyers.
4. Host a Party
5. Prep for the Weather
Winter weather is an opportunity to make your home a welcoming haven from the cold. Make sure your walkways and driveways are clear of snow and ice, and don’t be stingy with the thermostat. If you’ve got a fireplace, light a fire to really bring in a sense of coziness.
6. Enlist the Help of Holiday Smells
Imagine walking into a home that smells of baking cookies… how would that change your home-shopping experience? Don’t have time for baking? Light a holiday-scented candle, put a pot of cider on the stove, or even microwave a little vanilla and cinnamon.
7. Be a Host
8. Price to Sell
9. Work with a Great Realtor
One of the most important things you can do when selling a home during the holidays is to find a great agent. You want someone who’s going to put in the work and remain responsive and helpful, even when the holidays roll around. They need to be local experts who know the market and can accurately price your home, and they need to have an extensive network and marketing reach so they can find qualified and motivated holiday home shoppers.
List Your Erie PA Home Today!
Why wait? Get started listing your Erie, PA home today. Find out how much your home is worth in today’s Erie, PA real estate market, and compare that to how much homes are selling for in your neighborhood. Learn more about selling a home in Erie, or connect with a Marsh Real Estate Services Agent to be sure you’ll make more money and sell your home quicker.