It’s that time of the year. Ghosts, goblins, vampires and scary monsters begin to show up around most homes in your neighborhood. But not your house. You are preparing your home to sell during this fall selling season and you are not quite sure if all those ghoulish sights will scare away potential buyers. Well, the short answer is definitely yes and no.
You know that old saying, you can please some of the people all of the time but you can’t please all of the people all of the time. So true, especially when you are a home seller. What is cute and festival for some prospective buyers might be a total turnoff for others. Oh, the dilemma. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy decorating for the fall holiday seasons. Aim to please those prospective home buyers that enjoy the full experience during the holidays and you might just carve out a few serious buyers that otherwise might just be lookers.
Don’t Be A Scaredy Cat
Don’t let the sights of a vampire and werewolf scare the fun out of you. It really is ok to enjoy the darkest of the fall holidays. Regardless of what some folks believe, Halloween is really all about the kids (and those adults that want an excuse to dress up and party). Hang some spooky decorations on the windows. Put a few ghost and tombstones on the front lawn. A little levity goes a long way in making home buyers feel more comfortable when they tour your home.
It’s Lonely Being A Loner
Remember those awkward high school dances where kids got out on the dance floor to show off their moves and mostly mingle? But, there was always one or two kids who just didn’t have the right mindset to explore the dance floor so, they sat on the sidelines by themselves (that was me!). Well, don’t be that kid (again). Get with the rest of the neighborhood and join the party. Do you really want your house look out of place when it is the only home in the neighborhood still sporting the summertime look? Fall home buyers are ready to put that summer heat behind them and enjoy the cooler days and even cooler evenings. Remind them summer is over and fall is here.
Too Much Fun Can Spoil The Party
Everything is better in moderation. Especially when it comes to pairing up holiday themes around your house with a highly visible For Sale sign. Be creative and stage decorations that will accent your home for sale sign and not detract from it. Also, if you want to create a scary theme for the neighborhood kids just make sure that house hunters can easily access your home without having to make their way through a corn maze or a haunted mansion that makes them feel like they are at Disneyworld (great place to go by the way).
So, go on and enjoy the most frightful of all celebrated days. Don’t be afraid to fly that bat, plug in that hideous witch and carve that jack o’ lantern. It’s just a fun holiday enjoyed by kids and adults and allows us for just a while to forget about our daily stress. Even the stress of finding that professional local real estate agent to help you sell your house.
As every successful home seller can certainly relate, hiring a motivated and experienced real estate agent is perhaps the most important item on their to do list. Unfortunately, the cold calling, interviewing, reviewing list of services, and haggling about certain terms in the home listing agreement, such as commission rate is enough to scare away even the most dedicated revelers of the Halloween night. But, it doesn’t have to be that scary. Experienced local real estate agents with Great Percent actually bid for your home listing by adjusting their commission and services through a closed bid format, which includes details of the services they will provide to the home seller. Less commission, marketing expertise and in-depth knowledge of your local neighborhood. What’s there to be scared about?