Selling Your Home During the Holidays is Not an Impossible Task

The holiday season is here again, which means plenty of shopping trips, fancy meals and decorating. But just because you’re busier than usual during these months of the year, doesn’t mean that selling your home during the holidays is an impossible task.

TheBalance.com website recently ran an interesting feature on the steps owners can take to improve their odds of selling their home during this festive, but hectic, time of year.

I’d recommend giving the story a read. But I always have the same advice for homeowners during this time of year: It’s fine to decorate your home for the holidays. But you have to be careful not to overdo it: Too much holiday cheer can make your home look cluttered and crowded. And that won’t impress any potential buyers.

When they tour your Chicago condominium or single-family home, buyers want to see open spaces and bright, airy rooms. You want your home, and the rooms in it, to look as large as possible. Unfortunately, rooms will look smaller if you’ve filled them with extra holiday decorations.

A few well-placed items throughout your home will make your residence seem festive. That’s good. Cramming every inch of your home with lights, decorations and trees, though, will make your home look junky. It’ll also be challenging for potential buyers to imagine their own families in the home, and that’s a turnoff to these buyers.

You don’t have to be a Grinch during the holiday season. But talk with your REALTOR® about how much decorating is too much. Your main goal is to sell your home. And that might mean adjusting your typical holiday season habits.