Many would-be home sellers have the mistaken impression that they should not list their property on the market during the holidays. While it may be a pain to keep a home tidy for showings during their busy period of the year and inclement weather also may come into play, the advantages of marketing a house in November and December are compelling. There are fewer other properties on the market with which to compete, for one. Additionally, people out looking for a new home during these months are serious and committed. Moreover, the holidays offer a way for sellers to enhance their home’s charm. For instance, they can use mistletoe, tinsel, and other subtle props to grab prospects’ attention; choose color palettes that complement the traditional colors of the season and allow holiday decor to blend in seamlessly; add metallic gold, silver, and bronze design touches to lighten up dark spaces; and create a warm and cozy atmosphere with lightly scented holiday soaps, candles, and maybe even apple cider simmering on the stove. They also can use the fireplace to create natural light and an inviting ambiance and play up the exterior with lights. By the same token, sellers must remember to keep it neutral — remembering, for example, that overtly religious themes may turn off some home shoppers | Read More