Monday, December 6, 2010

Tips for Selling Your Lexington During the Holiday Season

You may be a little leery of selling your Lexington MA home during the holiday season, but the holidays can actually be an ideal time to sell! The hustle and bustle of the holiday season doesn’t mean the Lexington Real Estate market gets put on hold as there are many buyers looking for homes in this charming town. Job transfers, lifestyle changes and other circumstances can bring a sense of urgency to those hoping to buy a home in Lexington.

Oftentimes sellers feel that selling their home during the holiday season means they can’t enjoy the holidays to the fullest. They assume that decorating the house is off limits since buyers want to see the home for what it is and not have to clear their minds of the decorations. But, that’s not entirely true! While it may be best not to go overboard, there are 7 key ways to play up the holidays and allow your home to stand out. Learn how to make the most of your open houses or showings while still highlighting the spirit of the season!

1. Add Holiday Adornments- Again, you don’t want to go overboard, but a simple evergreen wreath, a poinsettia center piece or hot cider simmering on the stove can create a very warm and welcoming atmosphere. Of course it’s best to avoid overly religious flourishes as this can be off-putting to some.

2. Complement Your Décor- You’ll want to make sure that your Christmas decoration palette matches or complements your current décor. If the colors clash or seem to be fighting for attention, this can be very distracting to buyers and can take away from the great features of your home you’re trying to highlight.

3. Highlight the Highlights- Draw attention to a beautiful fireplace mantle with a few tasteful ornaments or enhance an arched doorway with hanging mistletoe.

4. Go Light on the Lights- An abundance of outdoor lights can leave Lexington buyers wondering what the front of your home looks like. And, while you may love your giant inflatable lawn ornaments; it may be best to leave those in storage this year. Everyone has different tastes and you don’t want buyers to be met at your home with a sense of “tacky.”

5. Mind the Tree- While a tall Christmas tree can showcase a two story living room, be sure to be careful of the tree’s width. The last thing you want is to have your Lexington home appear smaller than it really is. Also, you’ll want to stick with a cohesive theme for your ornaments. The family homemade ornaments can be meaningful to you, but can quickly make your tree look gaudy to outsiders. Keep it simple this year and remember, there’s always next year when you can display those keepsakes in your new home!

6. Give Warmth- Just before a showing, be sure to turn up your thermostat a few degrees to make it extra toasty inside. Prospective buyers will be thankful for the change from Lexington’s cold winters. Put a fire in the fireplace to add an extra sense of warmth and highlight the cozy atmosphere that this feature of your home can bring.

7. Offer Tasty Treats- While you don’t want to come across as trying to bribe buyers, everyone loves holiday treats and having a plate full of cookies and candy can make the home showing a little sweeter. Hot chocolate and apple cider are always welcome and buyers will feel that you have their best interest in mind.

These tips can help your Lexington home stand out this holiday season and, although seemingly small, can make a big difference to buyers. I hope you take advantage of enjoying the holiday season even if your home is on the market. It can be a great way to enhance the warmth and appeal of your Lexington home!

If you haven’t started the home selling process and are searching for a Lexington Real Estate agent; let me know! I’d love to help you each step of the way to get your home sold. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have or to get started! I look forward to hearing from you!

Theresa D'Antuono

Lexington MA Area Real Estate Agent
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