Just because the holidays consume our lives for a month, doesn’t mean the world stops turning. It’s true that some people hold off on house hunting through the holidays because they have more important things on their mind. For many out of state and motivated buyers the holidays are a perfect time to house hunt, since they have some time off from work. For sellers, it’s the perfect time to show your house in all its glory; clean, decorated and smelling like the comfort of the holidays. Since home buying is usually a very emotional decision, the holidays can be a great time to sell your house, just follow these do’s and don’ts and you might be ringing in the New Year with a sale!

Don’t Take a Break – Believe it or not, some homebuyers will take their house off the market during the holiday season. It may be for a number of reasons, if they plan on being out of town for an extended period, if they plan on having family over, or they may just assume that no one is looking near the holidays.

Do Decorate – As we mentioned earlier, home buying is a very emotional process. Buyers want to feel comfortable and happy in their new home. Making your home feel welcoming and spirited can help sell your house. With selling any home, you will want to depersonalize your décor. Kids’ artwork and large family portraits can stay in storage, but a Christmas tree, stockings and cookies can leave a great impression on your potential buyer.

Don’t Reveal Clutter – The holidays can be chaotic; there are meals to cook, gifts to wrap and cookies to bake. De-cluttering your home is extremely important in selling your house. Clean out your closets and personal items as much as possible. If you need to store them in your garage, box them up nicely to keep them out of sight. Once the closets are clear, you will have room to store the items that you actually use (like shampoo, razors, and hand towels) on days of showings.

Do Opt for a Lockbox – Your Denver real estate agents should offer you the option to have a lockbox on your front door. A lockbox allows access to other Real Estate Agents for showing your property. While it may be stressful to have a stranger in your home when you’re away, Real Estate Agents follow a strict code of ethics to make sure your home is left in the same condition and that the lockbox number does not become public knowledge.

About PorchLight Real Estate: PorchLight Real Estate Group has the most experienced and knowledgeable Denver real estate agents in Colorado. For more information about homes for sale in Denver CO or specific neighborhood homes please visit www.porchlightgroup.com.

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