It’s been a challenging year for many families, but 2020’s not over yet. Let’s end the year on a high note by making the holidays special. Whether you’re looking for ways to get your yard ready for holiday decorations or planning to sell your home this winter, find some tips to help below! We’ve also included information about virtual open houses if you’re looking for ways to explore the market without leaving home.
Curb Appeal Projects to Get Ready for the Holidays
Yard decorations are a great tradition, but before you start pulling boxes out of the attic and untangling lights, make sure your home’s exterior looks great to host your holiday vision. Here are some curb appeal projects to consider.
Paint your front door.
Giving your door a fresh coat of paint or switching to a new color entirely is a quick, easy way to boost your curb appeal and add a splash of color to your home’s exterior.
Add some colorful flowers.
Most people associate flowers with spring, but there are plenty of beautiful fall and winter flowers that can brighten your front yard.
Maintain your lawn.
Make sure your grass is short, leaves are raked, and any paths are edged with a nice, crisp border.
Place some extra lights.
Some decorative lights will add a touch of beauty and enhance the safety of your yard as you and your guests are able to navigate more easily! Consider lining the walkway with solar lights or installing some extra lighting on the outside of your home.
3 Tips to Sell Your Home During the Holidays
Many buyers want to celebrate the holidays in their new home. Make sure yours makes their must-see list with these 3 tips!
Use minimal holiday decorations.
Your holiday decorations are likely completely different from your potential buyer’s decorations, and since you want them to picture themselves in your home, it pays to keep your holiday decorations to a minimum. A wreath on the door and a few seasonal garlands can give your home a festive feel without overwhelming buyers.
Find the right price.
Buyers looking for homes during the holidays don’t have a lot of spare time to haggle over home prices. They’re often going to look for homes that already fit their needs and reflect the current condition of the home. The right price will be low enough to attract buyers and high enough to show that you know what your home is worth.
Get fresh listing photos.
Make sure your listing photos reflect the season. If your home is up for the holidays, consider including some special photos highlighting the fireplace, reading nook, or other cozy features.
What to Expect from a Virtual Open House
COVID-19 has changed the way we think about day to day tasks. The real estate industry has also shifted to accommodate social distancing. Many events and meetings that would have been hosted in person, have moved online. Open houses are one such event.
Virtual open houses make it possible for high risk individuals to see homes for sale or safely offer viewings of their own on-market homes. They are typically scheduled events where you can ask questions about the home and get a feel for the layout by having a guided video-tour around the house.
Before you attend your first virtual open house, make sure you check out the listing photos, and if available, the virtual tour online. While looking at those, write down any questions, you still have about the listing such as
What's the neighborhood like?
What school zone is it?
Is the home in a flood zone?
Are the current owners living in the home?
Is it move-in ready?
When was the roof/water heater last replaced?
Once you attend your virtual open house, you should have a good idea whether or not that’s the home you want to move ahead with and we can talk about next steps.
In the meantime, if you or someone you know is looking to buy or sell a home this holiday season, let us know! We’ll be glad to help.