Selling Your Home During The Holiday Season

Gear Your Home Up for the Holidays!

Decorating for the holidays can be a drag, but for most people it gives them a deep sense of happiness and allows them to connect with family and neighbors. Studies show that those who decorate for the holidays earlier in the year are proven to be happier than those who wait.

If you are a home seller entering the Alabama market during the holiday season, you’ve come at the right time. According to, the weekend before Christmas and New Year’s tend to have some of the highest traffic of the year for home sellers. Which may come as a surprise to those of you who are already overwhelmed with the holiday craze.

As perplexing as it may be, there are families and people searching for homes for sale in Fort Payne, Alabama during the Holidays, and it’s important to prepare your home for these types of buyers.

Now, that doesn’t mean you have permission to go crazy with holiday decorations. Similarly to how it is with many other personal decorative items like family photos, holiday decorations can be a distracting to home buyers and make it harder for them to imagine themselves living in your home.

Home buyers may be flooding in during the Holiday season, but they aren’t here for Christmas cookies!

Yet there is a certain charm that comes with a neighborhood brimming with holiday cheer. According to a study published by the Journal of Environmental Psychology, research suggests that U.S. residents often use holiday decorations on their home’s exterior to communicate friendliness and cohesiveness with neighbors. With this in mind, as a home seller there are certain, stricter guidelines that you should also pay attention to.

If you have any houses for sale in Fort Payne, AL these tips will help you prepare for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Follow the guidelines below, and make sure your home is best dressed for the occasion: 

Make sure your holiday decorations fit the style of the home.

Does your home reflect on modern day architecture and styling? Consider investing in modern decorations. Similarly if you are selling a beach themed home, be sure to pair it with coastal holiday decorations.

Bring the outdoors in.

If you live in a area where seasonal greenery is available, take advantage of these opportunities. Considering hanging a real wreath on the front door, or stringing a pine garland across your fireplace.

Keep it neat!

Make sure to pick up any pine needles or leaves that may fall from your tree, inside and outside before you invite a home seller to tour the home. Maintaining cleanliness is key when it comes to selling real estate.

Pay attention to the floor space.

If you live in a small home, you may want to pare down your Christmas tree size as well. Floor space is a critical element for home buyers, so make sure to properly showcase what you have available.

Don’t go overboard.

A few strings of lights are okay but not every corner of your home needs to have them and they don’t all have to be changing colors every two seconds. White lights, or traditional light schemes are the best choice when it comes to lighting. Don't suffocate your home with holiday spirit, instead highlight your home with clean and simple decorating adornments.

If you need any advice, or have any questions about the information above be sure to contact us right away! You can contact our team directly at 256-997-0008.

Here at Ole Heritage Realty we are happy to help in any way that we can. To keep up with the latest trends in the Fort Payne, AL real estate market be sure to follow us on Facebook!