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Tips on Selling Your Home Over the Holidays

by: Sue Adler
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The holiday season is a time of peace and joy, however for home sellers it can be a rather stressful period trying to balance open houses and showings with family time and holiday traditions. Therefore if you plan to relocate during this time of year,  I offer friends and clients in my neighboring communities — Short Hills, Millburn, Summit, Chatham, Madison, Maplewood, South Orange, Livingston, Westfield and New Providence — a few ideas and tips to enjoy the seasons cheer.

First of all, remember you are not the only one with a busy schedule and that your potential buyers may also be in a hurry. Be as flexible and available as possible — the more showings, the greater the chances for a potential fast sale.  Make the necessary time for family and holiday traditions, but you’ll also need to make compromises. This means that this year you might have to put those big house parties on hold and keep holiday decorations to a minimum. Decorations can actually affect a buyer’s decision so best to keep it simple and tasteful. Take a look at holiday home décor magazines — they are full of great decorating ideas and examples. Simple scented candles with wintertime fragrances and winter fresh flowers can really go a long way.  We have many wonderful trendy stores and flower shops right here in our communities where you can find one-of-a-kind items that add just the right touch to any room.

Plan fun and interesting activities outside the home this year while your house is being listed. Take the family to a festive restaurant, to a holiday movie or a winter activity like ice skating. No matter how much you wish to sell your home, do not miss out on the holiday spirit and enjoy special family time. Our towns — Short Hills, Millburn, Summit, Chatham, Madison, Maplewood, South Orange, Livingston, Westfield and New Providence — are full of holiday activities, boutique stores for shopping, special community events and a host of holiday spirit.

Selling a home implies emphasizing its best features and drawing attention to the positive aspects of your residence. It’s important to take a great winter time photograph to make a lasting impression on potential buyers. After all, a good photograph is worth a thousand words, and that can really help with the sale. Take advantage of the snow and the natural beauty of winter.

The holiday season is a much anticipated time of year, and with a few compromises it will not be impossible to sell your home. Take the necessary steps to prepare your home and allure potential buyers to make it their own.  Our communities have so much to offer.

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