The holiday season is upon us! November through January is often considered the absolute worst time to sell a home.  Sure, the thought of selling your home during the Holidays doesn’t sound quite that cheerful, and we’re not here to dampen your Holiday spirit, just to share that selling during the Holiday’s does have quite a few advantages!  Holiday buyers are usually more serious about buying—and buying now! Better yet, there is a lot less competition, which is obviously a huge plus.  So, first, decide if you really need to sell now.  If the decision is yes, then commit!  Jump into some Gay apparel, deck the halls and follow these Tips For Selling Your Home During The Holidays! 

Deck the halls…but don’t get all ‘Elf’ on us, more like Ron Burgundy, “stay classy…” 

Homes often look their best during the holidays, but make sure you don’t overdo it.  Decorations too large or simply too many can distract buyers.  Also, there are fierce advocates on both sides of this issue, but you may want to consider putting the religious decorations away while buyers are at your home.  This has nothing to do with your religion, or any other sociopolitical issue, it is simply a way to allow the buyer to picture themselves living there, which is what you want.  Opt for more general decorations…and you can always put up the manger when they leave.  Just a thought.  

Hire a reliable real estate agent.
So, someone who will work hard for you and won't vanish during Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's.  Friends and family are good resources for this, chances are you know someone who has moved recently, or knows a great realtor in town.  Get a recommendation of someone who will go above and beyond to get your home sold.  Isn’t that what you want?  This will ease your stress and ensure you enjoy the Holidays just as much as last year, when you were not selling a house.

Seek motivated buyers.
Anyone house hunting during the holidays most likely has a good reason for doing so. Work with your agent to target buyers on a deadline, including people relocating for jobs in your area, investors on tax deadlines, college students and staff, and military personnel.

Price to Sell. I know you’ve heard this before…but seriously, Price to Sell!
This is one of the most important! any time of the year really. A home priced to sell, even a little lower for the market, will make buyers feel the holiday cheer! This is better than starring high and gradually making small price reductions.  Agents know this and many will advise sellers to slash their prices before putting a home on the market.

Curb Appeal.
Autumn rolls around and the trees start to lose their leaves, so maintaining the exterior of your home becomes even more important, You need to Rake!  daily maybe!  Keep the yard tidy.  Also remember that bare trees equal a more exposed home, so touch up the paint job, make necessary repairs, clean the gutters and give your yard some extra love.  This is also another time where elegant decorations can make your home even more inviting.   Keep safety in mind as well; make sure stairs and walkways are free of snow, ice and leaves.

High Quality Real Estate photos.
It’s well known that most people start their home search online.  Well, this is even more the case when the weather starts to get colder.  No, one wants to drive around and walk in the cold, they’d rather sip some hot coco and search from a warm Snuggie on the couch! So, make a good first impression; use lots of beautiful high-quality photos of your home. If possible, have a summer or spring photo of your home available so buyers can see how it looks year-round, but definitely focus on photos of the season!..and note, the lights in all the rooms are on in the photo above...offers a nice warm glow!  This is a really nice effect!

Give a video tour.
There will be less foot traffic during the holidays, so shooting a video and posting it to the web is a good way to attract those online house hunters!  This way, they don’t need to drive in the snow in order to determine if they’re interested or not.

Keep your home cozy!
your home needs to be comfy cozy and inviting during showings.  Turn up that heat, play some soft music and have a plate of homemade holiday treats on the table!  Encourage buyers to spend more time in your home, giving them even more time to admire and imagine themselves living there!

Don’t be a Scrooge…be the opposite.
Ok, so lenders are the scrooges these days, but if you've got the means, consider offering a home loan to a serious buyer. You could get a great return on your money.

Lastly, Relax — the new year is around the corner.
Holidays are stressful enough; gifts to buy, dinners to prepare, relatives, drunk uncles at the Christmas party… just take a deep breath, and a moment to remind yourself that if you don't sell this winter…there is always next year, which by now, will only be a few days away! 

*Thanks HGTV for offering some helpful tips.