Showing your home is stressful enough let alone during the holidays. As I am in the midst of selling and moving a home, there is nothing like having to show your home during the holidays. We can all think of better things to do. I am fortunate because we are currently under contract. However, I know what you are dealing with, so here are a few tips to make it easier.
- Less is better. The less holiday decorations you put out, the better. You want to show off the best that your home has to offer. Therefore, don’t distract your potential buyers by your talking Santa.
- Forget the baking. It is just too hard to keep your kitchen and oven clean so give yourself a break. If you are a big holiday baker, take the time off and enjoy it. There is always next year.
- Minimizing the dirt. For those of you who live in colder climates, make sure to have your realtor set you up with booties. As potential buyers come to view your home, they can put booties on their shoes, which will save your floors and carpet. Also, consider leaving a spare towel for visitors to wipe their muck off your floors. Leave these in a basket near your door.
- Get some bins. It is really tricky during the holidays to keep organized and clean. This is especially difficult after the presents are opened. I have three boys and it is a constant battle to keep up with the house. The challenge is balancing your time with potential showings and your child’s desire to play with all the toys they got for Christmas. I suggest you get a medium sized bin for each child. This way they can still play with their new toys without causing you stress. If you have a showing, just have them put everything in their bin under the tree or in a corner.
- Smells are everything. You can still have the smells of holiday in your home, which is great for potential buyers. Keep in mind that purchasing a home is entwined with emotion and smells elicit that response. There are some great products out there that can make your home smell amazing.
- Music makes a difference. Play some neutral music when you are showing your home. It welcomes your potential buyer and adds that extra touch. The key to this is neutral music and the volume should be reasonable. No loud rock and roll. The point is to relax and welcome a majority of buyers.
- Lights please. Turn on all of the lights in your home and open all of your window treatments. You will be surprised what this does to your home. It helps to put your best foot forward. Keep in mind that most will know rather quickly whether or not your home will work for them. Your goal is to keep them wanting more.
- Treats please. Leave a little treat out for your visitors. This could be your leftover holiday candy or cookies. Put them in a pretty dish on the counter. They may or may not want it but it shows that you care and made the effort, which speaks volumes. Just don’t use anything with powdered sugar.
Here are a few of my tricks of the trade. I hope this helps you. The most important thing to keep in mind as you go through this is that it is temporary. The more effort you put in, the more successful you will be. Treat every showing as you have the first. It is exhausting but it will pay off.