The holidays may feel far away, but it's never too early to plan ahead. If you're selling your home in Niagara this season, your open house may be close to some festive dates. You may be thinking you need to remove all traces of holiday decor from your home. Here are some tips on how to host a successful open house close to the holidays, and using that to your advantage.
Safety First Outside The Home
Snow and ice are a hazard during the winter, so keeping the driveway, walkways, and curbs clear is important during an open house. Besides the safety aspect, this also makes the home more inviting and welcoming to potential buyers.
Darkness can also be a deterrent, so having solar lights are an effective and sustainable source of light that will illuminate the walkways to your home. Something that can be forgotten are the icicles hanging around the home, therefore it is a good idea to frequently remove any that can cause problems with visitors.
Minimal Seasonal Decor
Although most people are not offended by seasonal decor, it is important to make your home welcoming to everyone. Having less decor is also a good way to ensure that your decorations aren’t distracting potential buyers from the important features of the home.
This doesn't mean you have to tear down all of your Christmas decorations, however. A simple and effective decoration is a green wreath on the door with white Christmas lights scattered tastefully throughout the home for added ambiance can be effective. Keep it seasonal, and tasteful.
Cozy And Inviting
Something that is often overlooked is the importance of the temperature within the home. Having the thermostat set to a comfortable temperature is important because a cold home can feel uninviting and it will be harder for visitors to see themselves living there. In a home that is warm, buyers will spend a longer time looking around and they won’t be wondering if there is a problem with the heating system!
Timing Is Everything
The holidays are a busy time of year for everyone and there are more obligations for everyone, which need to be considered. In order to generate the most amount of success meeting with potential buyers, try scheduling your open house for typically less-busy times. Saturday mid-morning is a good time because there are generally less events taking place, and during the week after work is a good idea because you get people on their commute home from work.
With these tips, you'll be able to host a memorable open house that will impress home buyers and have them very interested in your home. If you're looking for more information about what it takes to sell your home in Niagara, download our free Home Sellers Guide today.