The holidays are just around the corner. Whether you’re out shopping for presents or preparing treats for the office, wrapping presents after the kids have gone to bed or trying to plan the logistics of visiting as much family as you can, there’s no shortage of things to do this time of year for most families. Add to that the concept of trying to sell a home, and most might react with the phrase “are you crazy?”
The short answer? No. In fact, the holidays are a great time to sell your home, and here’s why:
1. Everyone Has More Availability
This is the time of the year when almost everyone has some time off. The kids are out of school, most activities are done until January, and employers typically let their employees make the most of the season. Whether it be just a few days, a week, or the entire month, almost everyone has more free time to spare on things like house hunting. Which, if you’re a seller, is great news for you.
That being said, you don’t have to be ready for a showing at the drop of a hat. You can set up some blackout days for showings, and buyers are typically very understanding at this time of the year. Let your Realtor® know what days are important to you and they’ll work around these with eager buyers.
2. Less Competition
Summer is the busiest time of the year in the real estate market, but it’s also the most competitive if you’re a seller. Everyone wants to list in the summer because it’s beautiful outside and properties look their nicest. There’s even an influx of listings in January, as many believe that after the holidays is the best choice. By listing in November and December, you’re beating that rush. And with fewer homes on the market, yours will have a greater chance of getting noticed—especially with our marketing plan!
Although there are fewer buyers in the market at this time of the year, the ones that are looking tend to be more serious. They’re either receiving a job transfer and need somewhere to live right away, or perhaps they’re just eager to buy before the end of the year. Either way, these buyers tend to be very focused on finding a home, which is opportune for any seller.
3. It’s a Prime Time to Show Your Home
It’s a general rule of thumb that when showing your home, you don’t want too many personal items or tacky decorations filling your space. But the holidays are an exception to this, and you should embrace it to the max! Hang your stockings, decorate a tree, put lights on the house, everything you would normally do to celebrate the holidays in your home. The only exception is that you should still remove family photos, and it should be easy for buyers to comfortably walk through to home, so don’t block any doorways or open spaces with décor.
In addition, the holidays are a great time for newcomers to be introduced to your neighborhood, especially if your neighbors like to go all-out.
4. You Can Stay In Your Home Until the New Year
Just because you’re selling in December, doesn’t mean you have to be out of the home by January 1st. You can sell during the holidays, but leave the stresses of moving until the New Year. Just let your real estate agent know what timeframe works for you and they’ll include it in the terms and conditions of the sale.