Are you trying to sell your Miami house during the winter months?
Then, you might want to incorporate a few festive touches to brighten up your home. Luckily, the holiday season is a wonderful time of year to do just that.
It’s true that the winter months may not but the best time to sell and many homeowners do wait until after the holiday season to list their house. However, when done correctly, it can actually be a great time to sell!
A lot of families are looking to buy before the year ends and relocate during winter break. Reaching these people is the key to securing a hassle-free sale during winter!
Take Advantage Of This Season’s Festivities!
Offer a warm and welcoming open house for buyers to enjoy.
Keep reading to discover our holiday-themed open house ideas in Miami!
Think Warm and Cozy
No matter the climate, your house should embrace the coziness of the season. Everyone loves feeling a warm, cozy atmosphere when they enter a family home.
Stage the house to include warm blankets, fluffy pillows, and items that will make your prospective buyer want to relax with cocoa and a good book.
If you have a fireplace, show it off. If the weather is still a little warm, use an electric fireplace, with the heat setting turned off.
Really Think About The Lighting
Sometimes natural light just isn’t enough. Of course, you don’t want your home to feel dark and cramped, but you also don’t want to blind your buyers – balance is key.
Keep lighting soft and warm. Try out different lighting options and you’ll be amazed at what a difference it can make.
Incorporate Seasonal Smells
There aren’t many people who dislike the scent of freshly baked cookies or pastries. Vanilla and pine are also popular. Seasonal scents are another great way to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.
You can use oils or candles that add a light scent to the air. But, keep it mild. Some people are more sensitive than others, and you don’t want your efforts to have the adverse affect.
The goal is warm and cozy not intense and overpowering.
Offer Comfort Food
There are delicious snacks you could serve that will conjure up warm holiday memories.
The holiday season is a great excuse to offer seasonal snacks, cookies, pumpkin pie and biscotti during an open house.
But bear in mind it’s best to keep food light and avoid serving anything that could cause a mess. As far as refreshments go, serve apple cider, cocoa or expresso.
We recommend you don’t play the Holiday Hits on repeat. While some people absolutely love Christmas music, others avoid it at all costs. Plus, chances are every business, supermarket, and retail store has probably been playing Christmas hits since November!
So it’s best to keep things low-key. Instrumental versions can be a nice alternative or opt for light classical music instead. It should never be loud or obtrusive. The goal is to cover-up any silence or awkward pauses in conversation not drown out important discussion regarding your home.
Depersonalize The Decorations
Even the most beautiful holiday decorations can appear cluttered and over the top if not used sparingly. A minimalist style is best for an open house.
Think of classic looks you might find gracing the pages of catalog ads. Traditional, wintery, and clean.
If you’re selling your house during the holiday season, take down personal items such as stockings with names, decorations made by the kids, and the “Baby’s First Christmas” ornament.
Religious items are another issue. They shouldn’t be too overpowering. Remember not every buyer will share your beliefs and the last thing you want to do is make people feel uncomfortable in your home. Don’t panic! You can always put your personal items back after the showing.
Hold Off On a Tree
A traditional tree is typically large and cumbersome. Usually, furniture is rearranged and the end result could look a little less spacious than desired.
Unless you have a wide-open plan living room with plenty of EXTRA space where a tree could comfortably sit without looking out of place, you might want to consider a small, tabletop version instead.