Selling your home during the holidays requires a balance between family celebrations and public access. While your home may look its best, it can be challenging to accommodate the last-minute showings. Communication with your agent is critical and with proper planning, you can minimize the disturbances while still allowing potential buyers to view your property.
· Showing Windows – Working around your holiday schedules, as well as your agent’s, state clearing in your real estate listing the show times you will allow. An example might be a 4-hour window on weekends or a 2-hour time frame weekday evenings.
· Advance Notice – State clearly that all buyers must reach you prior to showing up. Of course, some will still stop by, but you can minimize the impact by asking for advance notice.
· Online Tools – The more pictures and videos the better. If your potential buyers can view your home online, you are more likely to get the right buyers setting appointments. You may get fewer showings, but they will be the right ones.
· Clean-up Stations – You want your home to look festive, but this can lead to clutter. Keep clean-up bins in strategic locations so you can easily hide unnecessary items on short notice.
Again, communication is more important than ever during the holiday season. You are in control. Set realistic privacy boundaries and hold to them. This allows you to showcase your home in its best light, without the disruption to your family traditions.