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To Sell or Not to Sell – during the Christmas holidays

Photo of Christmas Decorations

During the holidays keep the decorations to a minimum. Don't block or cover up important selling features such as fireplace mantels, stairs, stained-glass windows.

With the Christmas holidays quickly approaching people ask me every year: Is it a good idea to list and sell my home in the month of December?

Typically, I would suggest to my clients to wait until the new year if they can, because a lot of potential buyers have their minds on other things like: shopping, baking, numerous Christmas parties, etc.
Having said that, each year can vary.. This year, and I mean like right now, I would actually say it is still a good idea to list and sell your Burlington home because there is a shortage of nice Townhomes, Condos and Detached Homes on the market. Low supply and high demand still exists in Halton Region in December 2012.

Buyers are still seriously looking and ready to buy. So, as a seller you have very little competition – which often means quick sale and top dollar! Timing is always crucial in any market, so if you’re thinking of listing your home do it now and you’ll have 2 solid weeks before things really slow down.

One other thing – people out looking at this time of year and through the holidays, tend to be more serious buyers. If you do decide to go on the market, here are some quick tips on Decorating you Home for “Selling”.

  • Remember you never get a second chance to make a first impression
  • Keep your front entrance clear of snow, a nice welcome mat and an urn(s) with a fresh evergreen arrangement by the front door
  • Tone down the size of tree, if you have a really BIG Christmas tree – consider going smaller (slimmer) for this year
  • Only have a few nicely wrapped gifts, under the tree and put the rest under a bed or in a closet
  • Use more splashes of red than green because red is an emotionally appealing color
  • Use greenery instead such as fresh evergreen or rosemary garlands
  • Display centerpieces made from pine cones or other wintry pieces of nature
  • Set a plate of cookies on the counter, next to festive paper napkins for guests
  • Simmer spicy apple cider in a pot on the stove then turn it off and leave it sitting for the fragrance to linger

If you do decide to wait until the next year, try to get your home listed as soon as possible after the holidays. The longer you wait, the more competition you may have. Trusting this has been helpful info and feel free to contact me if you have any other questions and remember – I would be delighted to “Help You Make The Right Moves” any time of the year!

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!

– Lori VanDinther and Team, Burlington Realtor

Helpful Tips for Selling Your Home this Fall

Prepare Your Home for a Fall Sale

Prepare Your Home for a Fall Sale

Thinking of selling your home this fall? While the fall season typically sees a slow down of house sales, it’s not to say it’s a bad time to sell; you may just have to put in a little extra effort to ensure that your home stands out amongst others.

Autumn’s beauty helps to create instant curb appeal for your home. Trees with leaves in warm tones of pumpkin, red and gold naturally provide a lovely backdrop for your home. Certainly fall’s rich and warm hues help to create a great first impression for your home and property. Now go the extra mile and do some work to make your home all the more sale ready for fall.

Maintain your lawn. Yes, your lawn needs attention and care during the fall season so now is no time to stop, especially if you are planning to sell! Maintain your lawn by raking leaves and twigs and patching brown spots. Prune shrubs and bushes. At the same time, ensure that walkways are free of leaves and debris. Clean gutters and downspouts too.

Make your front entranceway a fall focal point. Create a warm and welcoming feeling to your front walkway and porch area. First impressions do count, so be sure to set a favorable tone for potential home buyers. Spruce up your front entranceway with tasteful fall décor and plants. A fall inspired door wreath adds instant appeal. Take advantage of the beauty of fall flowers. A series of potted mums on either side of the front door is an easy way to help frame the front entrance. Or, with Halloween approaching, consider adding a couple of urns filled with fall plants and flowers and even pumpkins and gourds for great color and a really stunning first impression.

Inside, highlight the fireplace; it’s a super fall selling feature. Make your fireplace shine by making it the focal point. To start, add beautiful artwork to the mantle or perhaps candles or even a collection of treasured vases filled with fresh fall flowers to draw the eye upward. Nestling furniture around the fireplace is another way to make the fireplace a focal point in any room. Add cozy cushions and a throw to the couch or chairs surrounding the fireplace to complete the mood.

Make widows sparkle. Clean your widows and open blinds and curtains to let the light in. If you have a great view outside, be sure to flaunt it! In fact, everything in your home should be sparkling clean for showings. Pay particular attention to the front hall where fall leaves and debris can blow in from outdoors and muddy shoes can leave a mess on floors. Of course, no matter the season, always de-clutter before even thinking of inviting potential home buyers into your home for showings.

Play up a festive fall mood by adding flowers inside the home. Adding fall flowers to just about any room in the house is an instant pick-me-up. Flowers are simply beautiful. Rooms with fresh cut flowers look warm and inviting. A fall centerpiece on the dining room table for example is certain to stand out and make a great impression. Also take advantage of the sense of smell. Perhaps some baking before showings will do the trick. If time is short, lightly scented candles or even a pot of apple cider and cinnamon brewing on the stove will help to create a warm feeling in your home.

Make sure everything works and looks fresh. Everything should be in good working order. No leaky toilets, loose knobs or handles and walls and ceilings should be clean and free of chips, etc. Take the advice of a professional real estate agent for an objective view of what work absolutely needs to be done to ensure the quick sale of your property. Sometimes interior or some exterior painting is all that is needed to freshen up a home and make it ready for sale.

Enlist the expertise of a licensed real estate agent. If you don’t already have one, invest the time to find an experienced realtor to work on your behalf. One of the most important things you can do is develop a relationship with an experienced real estate agent with whom you are comfortable. Your realtor will be an active partner every step of the selling process. He/she will provide invaluable facts from comparable prices, advice on housing market conditions, information on neighborhood trends and much more. She will help you price your house correctly. Some buyers may be looking for a bargain before the holidays and your real estate agent will offer sound advice to price your house competitively.

Have a wonderful fall season and happy house selling!