Buying and selling your home during the holidays is always stressful if you don’t have a plan in place.
Obviously for many people buying or selling a house during the holiday season may seem crazy and not in their best interest. But, we have been doing a little research and there is definitely another point of view.
Folks looking to buy or sell their home this time of year are serious!!
Let’s face it, if you are searching now for a home you really want a new house. On the other side, sellers have probably been on the market a while.
What that means is both sides may be eager to work a deal. That is my long way of saying don’t be afraid of the winter market.
Four Tips for Selling Your Home During the Holidays
- KISS: Yes, Keep It Simple Stupid! Before adding any decorations remember you must declutter and declutter again!! Then you can think about holiday cheer. Caution!! If you are a Christmas, Kwanza or Hanukkah decorating fool, take it easy. A few strategically placed items can add charm, but not overwhelm. Your cherished 200 piece Christmas village might need to be saved for next year. Just sayingJ!!
- Remember Political Correctness is Not a Bad thing!! Remember how we recommended depersonalizing your home in an earlier newsletter, same goes at the holidays. That giant nativity scene might have real meaning for your family, but you want buyers to be able to picture their celebration in your home. So, make your choices wisely and lean towards “the generic holiday look.” Think candles, stars, glass balls, snowmen, and simple wreaths. Yes, for many people it is a time to celebrate our religious holidays, traditions, and beliefs. However, if you are selling your home you want it to be welcoming to people of all backgrounds and religions so keep it simple.
- To Tree or Not to Tree? Yes, you can put up your tree, but again keep it simple and sized to the room. If anything, go smaller than usual. Remember you want buyers to think the room is big and spacious so this year you might go with a tabletop tree, a slimmer silhouette, or place the tree somewhere different if it helps the flow of the rooms. Make sense?
- Go With the Decorating Flow! Try to make the decorations blend in with your room décor. If you have a neutral living room go with white, silver and gold touches. Your handsome light green dining room will look great with some green and maybe just a small touch of red. Trust me it hurts to say ‘small’ in relation to red, especially during the holidays, but unless you have a red room that’s the way to go. Make the holiday additions look like they are an integral part of the décor.
NOVEMBER COCKTAIL TIPS
Now for the fun part, each month we share one of our favorite libation recipes.
Let’s be honest, you skimmed the rest of the newsletter to get to this part. Correct?
This month’s drink is a favorite of the younger Blankenships. Brad whips these up in the blender practically anytime we are lake or beach side. The problem is he doesn’t measure anything.
So, try them out as listed and then modify to match your tastes. Of course, Brad and Elizabeth would probably say the liquor amounts can always be increased!!! Yes, that generational “thing” again!!
How to make a Dirty B!
You will need ice, dark rum, Kahlua, banana liqueur, and a banana puree. Now about that banana puree. Any brand will work, but we are partial to Island Oasis. Unfortunately, it is hard to find. In a pinch call Brad, he usually has containers of it in his freezer and he is pretty good at sharing.
Fill blender about ½ to ¾ full with ice
- Pour in 4 ounces of dark rum
- 4 ounces of Kahlua
- 2 ounces of banana liqueur
- And top it off to full with the banana puree
Blend until smooth (for best results, use a vitamix!)
Dirty B’s are great for a hot summer day, an afternoon dreaming about the Caribbean, or if you need another fruit or vegetable to hit your daily quota. Right??? I mean it has bananas in it, how much healthier could it get?
Thanks for reading and have a joyous Thanksgiving!! We all have much to be thankful for.