How To Sell Your House in Kansas City During the Holidays – A Guide for Sellers

Do you want to sell your house in Kansas City but have felt reluctant because of the holiday season? Read on below for our best tips to sell your home during the holidays!

Contrary to popular belief, there are a lot of great reasons to sell your property during the holiday season! There are generally fewer homes on the market which will help your home stand out. Additionally, because buying a home during the holidays is less common, the buyers that are looking likely need a property ASAP! This will certainly help your negotiations. Here are some tips to help maximize your efforts.

Think: Warm, Inviting & Homey

No matter who you are or where you live, people love to feel a cozy vibe when walking in the door. While this applies to any time and any location, you can use the natural “cozy” vibes of the holidays to put some holiday specific treats in the property and really amp up the feeling. Put out things like holiday cookies, hot cider, and other holiday treats. In warmer climates, you can use an electric fireplace, with the heat setting turned off.

Seasonal scents can help create the atmosphere you are looking for. Gingerbread, pine, and freshly baked bread can all make people feel right at home… just not all at the same time! You want to keep it cozy… never cluttered or distracting. Another thing to note is to put just one small air freshener or scent generating thing in the home. You want the smell to be a pleasant addition, not an overpowering aroma. This may make people think you’re trying to cover up something unpleasant such as musty or pet odors.

Hire a Professional

Hiring a professional to decorate your house doesn’t just happen in the movies. Look for a professional home stager or interior designer who can help you turn your house into something right out of a movie set. A professional will be objective and help you to keep the decorations tasteful and appropriate, not overdone.

Don’t worry about buying a bunch of decorations if you don’t want to. There are professional staging companies that will come in and “rent” you the decorations while you sell the home. They then take them back after the process is complete.

Don’t Put Out Every Decoration You Own

Even the most beautiful holiday decorations can appear cluttered if not used sparingly. Many of us have mis-matched decorations that have sentimental value or are broken in some way. If you are selling your house during the holiday season, show some restraint with the items you put out. Rudolph with the missing nose should stay in his box this year.

You want to avoid personalized items as well. Aside from the concern of these items being stolen or disturbed by prospective buyers, you want to allow the buyer to imagine themselves there. So don’t put up stockings with the kids names on them for instance. Of course, you can put them back out the minute your guests have left.

Don’t Forget Curb Appeal

Your front yard is the first thing people will see when viewing your house. Including simple and tasteful decorations can be a huge factor in making people feel welcome. Things like a wreath on the door and a few small, tasteful decorations will go a long way towards making the home inviting. Don’t go overboard. You’re not the Griswalds trying to win the neighborhood lighting competition with a yard full of plastic Santas. Speaking of lighting, this can be a wonderful addition to evening showings. Keep pace with your neighbors. You don’t need to light up the whole neighborhood, however, you don’t want to be the only dark house on the street either.

Seek Out The Right People

Lastly, think of the people that may be looking for a property, and how you can appeal to those buyers. Perhaps it is an investor who is looking to lock in one final house for the year. Or maybe it is college students that are looking to find new accomodations during their summer break. By knowing who you’re targeting, you can put out specific advertisements in investor publications or school magazines for instance to get the right buyers in the door.

Stay optimistic and implore some “out of the box” techniques to find your ideal buyer! And if you don’t find a buyer during the holidays… relax. January is only a few days away!

Do you want to sell your house in Kansas City? No matter what time of the year, we can help! Send us a message, or give our office a call today!

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