6 Tips for Showing Your Home Over the Holidays

December 18, 2019

It’s not unusual for homeowners to take their house off the market during the holiday season, as showing your home during the busy month of December can be chaotic. However, you may miss out on exceptionally motivated buyers during this time. Buyers who are scheduled to relocate early in the new year will be faced with fewer homes on the market from November through February, so consider staying in the game for a chance to find a serious buyer who is ready to go under contract. Here are some tips for surviving holiday showings.

 

1. Keep decorations simple.You want buyers to see the house, and not be distracted by garland, lights and ornaments, as beautiful as they may be. Consider putting away other décor so your holiday items replace, instead of adding to, what you already had on display.

 

2. Make sure your agent is available or has backup. If your real estate agent is going out of state for the holidays, make sure he or she has someone on call in case you do get an offer or need them to meet a buyer.

 

3. Show only to vetted buyers. Request that your agent screen buyers before approving showings, so that only serious, pre-qualified shoppers are knocking on your door.

 

4. Invest in a marketing video. Talk to your agent about doing a video tour, preferably before decorations go up, so buyers can tour the home online.

 

5. Limit showing hours. Consider cutting back the hours you allow the home to be shown to preserve family time.

 

6. Schedule open houses wisely. Instead of refusing open houses during the holidays, consider scheduling them when it is convenient for your family. For example, arrange for an agent to host an open house while you take the family out Christmas shopping. Chances are that’s when buyers are out and about as well.

 

 

 

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