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Advice on Selling a Home In Springfield, MO During the Holidays


Posted: December 23, 2015 by Alex Fowler

It can be difficult to sell your home in Springfield, MO during the holidays. The weather certainly plays a role as well as decorations. Here is excellent advice from the experts from our global network of Coldwell Banker agents, brokers and offices. 

“Should I decorate for the holidays?” This is a common questions for anyone selling a home in Springfield, MO during the holidays. It may be family tradition to decorate your whole house, but if you are trying to sell it, you may not want to go too crazy. You will want to make sure that others can see themselves living in your home.

“We encourage sellers to still decorate (if that’s their thing), but not Griswold style decorating…. keep it simple and classy. Mostly keep the walks clear and maybe add a spot for shoe removal just inside.”-Coldwell Banker Terre Haute

Since we never know Missouri weather, make sure you stay on top of the snow removal. Also, it is a good idea to ask visitors to remove their shoes so you don’t have salt stains on floors and carpets. You do not want to display holiday decorations in listing photos. This can date a photo, especially if the house is still on the market after the holidays are over.

“Keep it very classic and neutral and if you put a tree where a chair or table typically goes and then jam the table or chair elsewhere in your house for a few weeks you should ask a neighbor or friend to stick it in their house so you don’t have extra furniture cluttering spaces or taking up more space” -Jessica Edwards (Coldwell Banker Agent in N.C)

Use the holidays to create warmth in your home. Holiday decorations can create an emotional attraction for any buyer. A home that is not decorated and cold is hard to compete with a home that is decorated, with the fire going, and the smell of fresh cookies. 

Staying on top of cleaning is key. The holidays can be hectic with traveling and shopping so it is very important to stay on top of keeping your house clean, especially if you do decorate.

 “However you decorate, don’t distract prospective buyers from the space.”-Andrea Geller (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Chicago)

While experts advise against decor in listing pictures, Springfield open houses are a totally different game.

“[Listing] photos should NOT have decor because that could date them. Open houses MUST have holiday decor!” Brenna Lee Roth-Miller

 

If you have any questions or need advice about a home, you can visit our website at http://www.cbvanguard.com/ or call our office at 417-887-6664.

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