If you have your South Lake Tahoe real estate listed or are currently thinking of putting it on the market, there are some things you should know about having your property on the market during the holiday season. Check out these tips below.
Hire a reliable and experienced South Lake Tahoe Realtor.
With South Lake Tahoe real estate being a second home resort market, having someone represent you who has a proven track record, knows the local market and the industry is crucial for multiple reasons. The biggest is that you know you have someone you can trust working with your best interest at heart who won’t add to the holiday stress, allowing you to enjoy the season.
Deck the halls but keep it classy.
Homes for sale in South Lake Tahoe can look their best dressed up during the holiday season. Just be sure not to overdo it and keep it neutral, classic and classy! Décor that is too bright, too large, too loud (think a sensor singing Santa or a tree with blinking lights synced with the same song on a loop) or just TOO much can distract from your home. You don’t want buyers coming through and not remembering any details about your property because all their attention was on the décor.
Even with the snow, focus on curb appeal.
When listing homes for sale in South Lake Tahoe during the winter, you may think curb appeal is buried with the snow, but think again. Maintaining the exterior of your home is just as important, if not more, when it is winter time. While you may not be able to control some factors, make sure exterior details are buttoned up. For example, house numbers are easily visible and straight, shutters and gutters are all in good condition, outside lighting isn’t burned out and walkways and driveways are safe, cleared and sand or ice melt are thrown down so folks can easily navigate entry.
Make it warm and cozy inside.
Speaking of ice and snow, homes for sale in South Lake Tahoe should be kept warm during showings. Buyers are spending their spare time during the busy holiday season looking at properties. Not only are they likely very serious about purchasing a home fast, but they are driving and walking around in the cold winter weather. If your home is cold too, they will hurry through just so they can return to their warm car or another warmer home where they are sure to spend more time. Feel free to set the holiday mood even more with classical or calming music set on low in the background and some freshly baked treats to enjoy.
Professional South Lake Tahoe real estate photos are more important than ever.
Home buyers start their search for homes for sale in South Lake Tahoe inside on their computer or mobile device to begin with. Add in cold temperatures and blizzards and serious buyers are even more inclined to start the search from the comfort of their warm living room. This is why your listing photos should be done by a pro. If your have chosen a South Lake Tahoe Realtor who is backed by experienced, they should have a comprehensive marketing plan that includes a photographer on speed dial.
Price it to sell.
Pricing a home according to market conditions is THEE most important way to get started. Everyone loves a good buy, especially during the holidays. Regardless of the time of year, when South Lake Tahoe real estate is listed at market value, or even a little bit lower, buyers definitely feel a bit merrier and you end up getting a lot of attention. This can result in multiple bids which usually ends up with an over asking, or close to, offer.
For more info on listing during the holiday season, feel free to call our office. We have plenty of South Lake Tahoe Realtors who would be happy to explain the process and help guide you on this exciting journey.