Decorating the Christmas tree, checking your shopping list, and bracing for relatives may be part of your Yuletide rituals, but what if you were in the middle of selling your home? Should you save yourself the stress and hassle of making your home "show worthy" if relatives are over? As tempting as that may sound, successful Realtor Jennie Ling advises against giving up on seasonal shoppers.
As she tells "Realty Times," shoppers trudging through winter weather and the same hectic holidays are often more intent on buying than browsing. Plus, home-seeking couples will be able to take off time from work to make a decision quicker and see the property together. Potential buyers who have passed the busier spring and summer season tend to be a discerning batch and may be more likely to find their home sooner rather than later. Plus, the upside to all the home decorations is that it may appeal to home buyers to see the home dressed up for the holidays. It's a lived-in feel that most show-ready homes may lack. But what about the stress, the hassle of showing a home during the holidays? Ling advises to trust your Realtor. Do a quick five minute clean-up in the morning and your Realtor will handle the showings while you're out working or shopping. They'll handle the work your can't possibly squeeze into your schedule.
And remember, just because you sign a contract, it doesn't mean you'll be forced to move the next day. Many families want to settle in before the new semester or by spring break, so your time frame may differ. It may take 60 to 90 days after the closing before moving time, well away from the holiday season.
So this holiday season, keep an open mind and an open home. You never know what kind of gift you'll get when you work with your Realtor to sell your home.