How Christmas can make buyers jingle away.
Chestnuts roasting on the open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose, our homes always look so magical at Christmas. We all have our own ways of decorating, and celebrating Christmas, which is why each home will look unique and festive in its own special way. But although it is the season to be jolly, there are some things to bear in mind, especially if you are selling your home.
Buyers are looking for a place they can make their own, one in which they can visualise themselves living and where they can add their own taste and style. This is why we, as estate agents, always urge vendors to present their home with neutral décor and as de-cluttered as possible.
We can advise you on tricks of the trade that add warmth, and also what you should try and avoid. You will know from house-hunting yourself that the slightest thing can set off alarm bells, which is why you need to do everything you can to allow a buyer to fall in love with your home.
So what happens during the festive period? Surely, with homes decorated with tinsel and festive delights, buyers will love them even more? Well, it all depends on how you decorate.
We have all seen them, the houses that have had their decorations up for weeks, who transform their properties into grottos, often to raise money for charity, and amaze us with their dedication to the season and the cause. Although this is an extreme, we know that many of you will also go a little grotto-tastic at this time of year.
Now, we’re certainly not advising you to not decorate, but just to think about it from a buyer’s perspective.
Do you remember how it feels when you take your decorations down in January? Everything feels bare and cold, and things feel a little strange for a while. But it also allows you to see your home in a different light, and so it is often the time when many of us decide to re-decorate or undertake a renovation of some kind.
Seeing a property in a clean and clear state allows us to truly see it for what it is, and this is what buyers want too. You don’t want them to be distracted by dancing Santas or flashing reindeer; you want them to get to know your home as you have loved it over the years.
If your home is on the market this festive season, just take a moment before you pull out your hoards of baubles, and maybe this year you will decorate your home for your buyers. An elegantly dressed tree, natural scents of the season, and a warm and cosy atmosphere created by a fire and lighting.
Curb your grotto impulses and you will ensure that your buyers won’t jingle away this Christmas.