4 Insider Tricks to Sell Your Home Before the Holidays

Tracy Sterling —  December 9, 2014

Santa Selling HomeWith Christmas just a few weeks away, that can only mean one thing: a sure sign the most wonderful time of the year is here!

Of course, if you’ve got a home to sell, all that holly-jolly can look a whole lot like panic. The holidays are crazy enough without throwing open houses and last-minute showings into the mix! Sell your home in the St. Nick of time with Dave Ramsey’s 4 simple tips.

Accentuate the Positive by STAGING
Staging spotlights your home’s best features while downplaying its problem areas. It starts with decluttering and can include painting and rearranging furniture among other tasks. The goal is to create a welcoming environment that’s easy for buyers to see as their own.

Hiring a professional home stager is well worth your time and money. A recent study by the Real Estate Staging Association found that homes that were staged before being listed sold in an average of 26 days (Staged Interior’s average is 19 DAYS!). That’s 87% faster than those that sat on the market for several months before being staged!

Use Knockout Photos
Todays buyers rely heavily on the Internet with their search for the perfect home, and photos play a big role in capturing their attention. According to the Wall Street Journal, photos are the first thing buyers view in the MLS listing and where they spend most of their time.

That’s why it’s important to put your best face forward. Save your smartphone camera for family snapshots. This job calls for a professional—preferably with a wide-angle lens! Schedule your photo shoot for a time of day when the sun casts the perfect light on your home, and make sure every room looks catalog-ready.

Price It Right
This is no time to put your emotions in the driver’s seat. If you really want to move the needle, you’ve got to price your home to sell. It doesn’t matter how much you paid for it eight years ago or what you owe on your mortgage. Your home is worth what buyers will pay, plain and simple.

Work with an experienced real estate agent to find a happy medium so you don’t lose time or money. Your agent can help you set a competitive price by comparing recent sales of homes in your area.

Hire a Mover and Shaker
Don’t waste your time on an agent who only sells a handful of homes a year. It takes more than a sign in your yard to sell your home fast. You need a pro with a plan, and a short deadline calls for the best in the business! With the right agent, you can get top dollar for your home, even when time is short and the New Year bells are ringing.

This article was abridged from Dave Ramsey’s article.

Tracy Sterling

Tracy Sterling