If you are trying to sell a Kansas City house during the winter months, you might want to incorporate a few festive touches into your open house. We have put together some creative holiday themed open house ideas to help you sell your Kansas City house fast!
Many people wait to list their houses until after the holiday season, however, when done correctly, it can actually be a great time to sell your Kansas City house! There are many people that look to relocate and move during the winter break. Reaching these people is key to selling! And by offering a warm and welcoming open house, your property will stand out to these prospective buyers!
As with any open house or home showing, it is important to engage the prospective buyer’s senses. The holiday season is a wonderful time to incorporate elements that will do just that!
How to Host a Holiday Themed Open House in Kansas City
Think Warm and Cozy
During the holidays you want to make your home a warm and cozy sanctuary. No matter the climate you want to decorate your home with fluffy blankets and cozy touches. A fireplace can do wonders and if you live in a warmer climate, consider an electric fireplace. It can provide the visual effect without the heat. You want prospective buyers to want to grab a hot cocoa and a good book to settle in your home while they are in the home.
Really Think About The Lighting
Sometimes the natural light isn’t enough. Your house should be well lit, but not so well lit that you feel like you are at the doctor’s office. Keep lighting soft and warm. Try out different lighting options and you will see what a difference your lighting choices can make. Yellow, darker lighting is much better than blue lighting. Think candlelight only brighter.
Incorporate Seasonal Smells
There aren’t many people who dislike the scent of freshly baked cookies or bread. Vanilla and pine are also popular, and universally liked choices. You can use oils or candles to add a light scent to the air. No matter how you choose to incorporate smell, keep it very mild. Don’t overdo it with the scent and avoid extremely strong scents like cinnamon or pine. Some people are more sensitive to scents, and you don’t want your efforts to be offputting.
Offer Comfort Food
There are delicious snacks you can serve that will conjure up warm holiday memories. (Or just be delicious.) Get creative and offer pumpkin pie bites, gourmet cookies or biscotti. Keep food light and don’t serve anything that will be too messy. As far as refreshments, you can serve apple cider, cocoa or maybe it’s finally time to purchase that fancy coffee machine.
Sound can make a nice touch, but be careful simply blasting Christmas music on repeat. Some people absolutely love it and can’t get enough, while other people get sick of it after the first song of the season. Instrumental versions or classical music can be nice touches. Remember to play them very softly. The music should almost be unnoticeable.
Depersonalize The Decorations
Decorate with minimal seasonal items. Think of classic looks you might find gracing the pages of catalog ads. Traditional, wintery and clean. Simple wreaths, snowmen and maybe a few tasteful lights are all that is needed. When you have people viewing your house, take down personal items such as stockings with names, decorations made by the kids and the “Baby’s First Christmas” ornament. Religious items shouldn’t be too overpowering, you want to create a warm and welcoming environment for as many people as possible, and you will want them to feel as if they are in their own home. You can always put your personal items back after the showing.
Hold Off On a Tree
Unless the room is extremely large, you’ll want to avoid placing a traditional Christmas tree in it. Oftentimes people will re-arrange the furniture and room to accommodate a tree, but this can make the room appear small and cluttered. This will also just be another item to move once the home sells. Consider a smaller table top tree instead.