Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Boost Your Home's Selling Appeal this Holiday Season!

If your Deep Creek Lake home is currently on the market, you may be worried about selling your home during the holiday season.  You fear that buyers aren’t looking and that you won’t be able to enjoy decorating for the season because you need to sell your home.

As a team of experienced Deep Creek Lake Real Estate agents here at Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty, we wanted to give those of you who are selling some encouragement!  Oftentimes, buyers will look at homes on the Deep Creek Lake Real Estate market during the holidays because they know there will be less competition than in the spring.  Also, decorating your home for the holidays can be just the thing to help buyers envision themselves gathered with loved ones in the home!  

Here are just a few ways you can highlight your home this holiday season as you show your home to potential buyers!

1. 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 Maryland’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.

2. 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 may 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!

3. 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.

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

5. 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.”

6. 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.
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.

While these tips won’t guarantee that you’ll sell your Deep Creek Lake home this holiday season, they will boost your chances!  If you’re still concerned about selling your home this year, but know that it’s necessary to do so, please feel free to contact us!

We understand that going through the selling process can seem daunting, but with an experienced Deep Creek Lake Real Estate agent by your side; you’ll find selling your home can be a smooth and efficient experience.  We would love to help you get your Deep Creek Lake home sold!

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

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