The days are ticking by and as each one passes we are a step closer to jingle bells and the festive season. With tinsel on the shop shelves and Christmas adverts filling our screens, it’s a reminder to get ready before it’s upon us.
It doesn’t matter if you’re planning to place your home on the market now or at the beginning of the year, we have some great advice that will help you give buyers the present they want this Christmas.
You’ve decided to wait until after Christmas to place your home on the market but want to make sure you don’t miss the New Year rush. You may or may not know that one of the busiest times on property portals is between Christmas and New Year. As everyone is opening their presents and enjoying time with family and friends, millions of us are thinking about the future with a new home in our sights.
Having your home’s marketing material ready to launch for this period is essential – you don’t want to miss the opportunity to impress those eager buyers wishing to make a new start with a new home in 2020. The sooner we can take your photos before you put up your decorations the better, this will allow your buyers to see those all-important key features of your home rather than being distracted by your stunning Christmas tree and singing reindeer.
We always advise that before you place your property on the market you consider decluttering your home, and there isn’t a better opportunity than at this time of year. Your children’s rooms may be bursting with more toys than a store could hold, your cupboards spilling over with stuff you really don’t need, and a shed and attic that, honestly, you couldn’t say what’s in there. And in a few weeks’ time, Father Christmas will be bringing a whole pile of new things for your family to enjoy – that’s if you’re on the nice list of course!
Who needs more stress at Christmas with trying to declutter just to make room for your new presents? Why not put the hard work in now, so you can simply enjoy the season – it will also help you to stage your home for sale.
It’s the most magical time of the year, but buyers are looking to buy your home, not Santa’s grotto. This is why when it comes to staging your home at Christmas you need to think about your buyers without losing the sparkle of the season. You know the main features of your home, keep any decorations in these areas minimal so they speak for themselves. Paring back your décor will also make it easier to clean and tidy should a last-minute viewing be requested.
Make a scene
When it comes to finding the house you want to buy, it’s a feeling. Buying a property is an emotional experience and if your home can’t pull buyers’ heartstrings at Christmas, then when will it? Where possible, make sure your fire is lit for each viewing – whether electric or multi-fuel, the sight of a flame makes any room feel cosy. No one wants to walk into a dark room, so make your decorated rooms feel magical with Christmas lights and lamps. Make your bedrooms feel snug and warm with lamps and textured accessories, and if you want to pull out all the stops, bring your kitchen to life with seasonal scents.
Jingle all the way