A Bassford Holiday Message
The holidays are a tricky time to try and sell a home. We say this not only in mind of those who are looking to buy (it is a fact that there are more prospective buyers in the warmer, lighter months), but also for those who are attempting to sell. Here we are, in the heart of a season when people are encouraged to gather together in warm homes, surround themselves with people they love, decorate trees with bright colors and quirky ornaments and yet you are also attempting to move somewhere else. Especially for those with children (but also for those who simply love the season), how can you ensure that your holidays are merry and bright while also trying to keep your home ready for showings?
We’ve stressed numerous times on this blog the importance of cleanliness. “Pick up your belongings!” we say, “Vacuum those rugs!” We encourage you to remove the unique elements of yourself in favor of more generic, but comfortable and comforting, features so that the future owners of your home can see themselves between its walls. And, yes, these are important things to consider when selling a home. However, these aren’t the only important things to consider.
Today, we want to take a brief pause from our home-selling mania to recognize that selling a home, moving to another place, perhaps even another town or city, is extremely hard work. We want, in other words, to focus on you, the human being who is trying to sell a home. It is possible that at no other time of the year are the challenges associated with home-selling more pronounced than during the holidays, when the nights are at their longest and people are tucking themselves into their communities for cookie baking marathons, holiday movies, or just the silence that can fall when darkness comes at 4:30 in the afternoon. You might feel exhausted by the process, you might be totally sick of the entire ordeal. You might just want a night to sit on the couch, drink a pot of tea or a glass of wine and listen to Bach’s Christmas Oratorio over and over and over again.
And you know what? That’s totally okay.
There will be time to clean again, to prepare the home for a viewing after the holidays. For now, it is important to take care of your emotional and spiritual self. Use the deepening dark as an excuse to slow down. Decorate if you want, move the furniture around, scatter toys all over the carpet! You can pick it all up again tomorrow, or the next day, or the day after that.
Don’t worry: when you’re refreshed and ready to continue with the home-selling journey, we will be there with you, offering advice and tips straight from the heart of the real estate world like always.
Happy Holidays, courageous souls.