5 Tips for a Merry, Late-in-the-Year Home Sale

Posted by Kevin Lapp on Thursday, December 20th, 2018 at 1:49pm.

You may have fewer potential buyers viewing your home during the fall and winter months, but that doesn’t necessarily mean fewer offers.

Compared to selling a home in the spring when there are more homes on the market, selling during the final months of the year can often be a successful endeavour.

With careful planning and a few helpful tips, you can showcase your home and find time to enjoy the season too.

Check out our top 5 home selling tips to help you through the winter months:

Weekends are the perfect time for showings

When selling your home, it will always show the best during daylight hours. Unfortunately, as the days get shorter later in the year, the work week often gets in the way for many prospective buyers. During this time of year, it is best for you to show your home over the weekend during the day, and leave your evenings open to enjoy social events, family gatherings, and holiday parties.


Get help with the cleaning and upkeep

You’ll need to keep your home sparkling clean for potential showings, so this could be a good time to spend a little extra money on a housekeeper. Alternatively, have the whole family pitch in daily to pick up, wipe clean, dust and vacuum. Many hands make light work and chore lists are a great organizational way to ensure all tasks are being completed. 


Trim a smaller tree

Opt for a smaller Christmas tree and decorate sparingly to make a festive impact while not taking away from the room. Be sure to always store wrapped presents out of sight. Are you still looking to get the perfect tree? 


Store away personal items and clutter

If you’re selling during the holiday season, it’s critical to clear out and store away your household clutter!  

Leverage tradition to create a warm, homey atmosphere

Plump pillows in neutral tones like cream and golds paired with soft coloured or earthy-toned throws provide complementing seasonal touches that draw the right kind of attention. If you have light-toned furniture, a great option is to add a pop of colour with pillows, check out the below example where they’ve paired this festive red pillow and a cozy blanket to this neutral couch. This kind of decorating is easy on the eye and attractive to nearly all buyers. 

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