The upcoming holiday season has started me thinking about my upcoming listings and how I should prepare the homeowner for the listing pictures and showings.
If you know you're going to be putting your house on the market during the holidays, you may want to take the listing pictures before you decorate. There's just almost nothing worse than to see photos of Halloween or Christmas in April and May. I know, we all hope it's not still on the market 5-6 months later but the fact of the matter is, that it may be.
And, speaking of decorations, you may want to go a little light. Don't drag out all the decorations and have every room look like you're a store selling holiday merchandise. People have come to see your home, not your decorations. It becomes too distracting and the perspective home buyer probably won't remember a whole lot about your house but they will remember the decorations.
Finally, believe it or not, there probably will be someone who will want to see the home sometime during the holidays. This could be a day or two before or after Thanksgiving or Christmas. If it works for you, great! If not, don't worry about it. Let the perspective buyer and agent schedule a time that is more convenient for you and your family. It is your home after all and you want to present it in the best possible light.