9 Things Home Sellers Do During the Holidays That Scare Off Buyers

Once upon a time, the month of December was a snow-swept dead zone for selling your home. The thinking was, “Why even bother showing it? No one is home shopping now.”

Fast-forward to today’s full-boil real-estate market, however, and this traditional home-selling timeline has changed. Even amid the holiday hubbub, people are house hunting in earnest. So if your house is for sale now, yes, you should be hosting open houses, home showings, and more.

Curious what holiday home-selling no-no’s you should avoid? Check out some things agents see below that make them cringe, and drive away perfectly viable buyers.

1. Inflatables on your lawn

Avoid lawn inflatables during the holiday when selling a home, It makes for bad curb appeal. And that’s if your inflatables look perfect, which they very often do not.

2. Holiday decor overload

Some folks (you know who you are) embrace displaying a crazy over-abundance of lights, shiny baubles, nutcrackers, and needlepoint pillows. And that’s just fine if you aren’t selling your house. If you are, it’s time to trim back your Yuletide enthusiasm a bit.

3. Heavily scented candles

You may love pine and gingerbread atomizers and candles, but not everyone wants to be walloped over the head with the smell of sappy or spicy fragrance.

4. A too huge tree

A Christmas tree is fine to put up when selling a home. The one rule of thumb agents stand by, though, is that it should fit appropriately in your space.

Don’t squeeze a massive conifer into a cramped corner. Why? Because this will make your whole space look too small, which is not a good takeaway to leave with homebuyers. They’ll also have trouble imagining what the space looks like without the tree.

5. Highly religious items

Your goal is to have your home look a little festive, but basically to be a blank slate for a prospective homebuyer, regardless of their religion or degree of faith.

6. Personalized stockings and ornaments

These really distract from the buyers being able to imagine themselves in the home.

7. A chilly temperature indoors

 It’s a big no-no to keep the thermostat low to save money. Turn up the heat when you have showings, so the house feels warm, cozy, inviting, and energy-efficient. The last impression you want to give is a drafty house.

8. Overly restricted home-showing hours

Don’t limit showings to a tiny window, like Tuesday mornings, over the holidays.So if you have a packed calendar or crew of houseguests descending, and you’re worried about your listing going stale in the meantime, you may want to skip putting your house on the market until the New Year.

9. Listing photos showing holiday decor—after the holidays

While listing photos showing a Christmas tree or other holiday decor are fine and dandy before the holidays, make sure they come down once the holidays are over.Have listing photographs taken before the decorations go up.

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