Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sell Your Deep Creek Lake Home This Holiday Season with These 7 Tips!

Last week, we talked about buying a Deep Creek Lake home during the holiday season and we hope those tips were helpful for those of you hoping to buy!  But what if your home is currently on the market or you’re considering putting it on the market soon.   You may feel discouraged since the market tends to take a back seat to the festivities of the season; but don’t let that get you down!  Selling your Deep Creek Lake home during the holidays may seem like a daunting task, but it’s not impossible!
In fact, selling your home during the holidays means you can play up your home’s best features and allow buyers to envision spending the holidays in your Deep Creek Lake home.  Here are seven tips for helping your home sell this holiday 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 Deep Creek Lake 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  Deep Creek Lake 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 Deep Creek’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.
We hope these tips give you some encouragement about selling your Deep Creek Lake home before the end of the year and that they spark even more ideas for creating a welcoming environment for buyers.
As always, we’re here to help you navigate through the Deep Creek Lake Real Estate market!  Our experienced Deep Creek Lake real estate agents and Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty team are here to help make your home selling process as smooth and efficient as possible.  

Please feel free to contact us today to get started!

Patrick Kane
Sales Manager/Co-Owner
Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty
Your Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Expert

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