Don't Let Your Photos Date Your Listing!

Thursday Dec 07th, 2017


In today’s real estate market, any time of year is good for selling your home, as long as it’s priced correctly, clean, and in good condition. The team at Sue Heddle Homes works with clients right up until the holidays, to get listings posted and get Oakville, Burlington and Mississauga homes on the market.

Even though the holiday season is in full swing, listing your home in December is still a viable option, especially with the new mortgage rules rolling out in early 2018. While you can use the beauty of the holidays to your advantage when it comes to expertly staging an open house, it is important to note that holiday decorations can distract buyers and make it hard to focus on the details and features of a home.

Keep The Holiday Décor Out Of Your Listing Photos

One of the biggest mistakes that sellers often don’t think about, is having holiday decorations up when listing photos are being taken. While you may think that showcasing the holiday can attract buyers, you run the risk of the hiding the full features of the home. Rows of stockings can camouflage a beautiful fireplace mantel and a large Christmas tree can make a room look smaller than it really is.

The biggest drawback worth noting is that holiday photos can date your listing.  Why is this an issue?  There are a few reasons:

  • If your house is still listed come January (or later), buyers will know that your house has been on the market for several weeks. This may cause them to pass over your listing with the assumption that the house is not priced well or that there is an issue with the home.  It also gives buyers some bargaining power and they will go into negotiations knowing that you are likely interested in selling the property quickly rather than have it continue to sit on the market.
  • If you decide to take your home off the market and relist it a short time later, you will not be able to use the photos that include holiday décor and will require new listing photos to be taken.

List Your Home Properly The First Time

When you work with a professional real estate agent, like Sue Heddle Homes, you get the expertise and the industry knowledge that will ensure your listing is the best it can be in order to get you the best results possible.  If you are thinking of selling your home, we’d love to help. We know that buying or selling a home is a significant milestone and so we ensure that our clients get all the support and guidance that they need to make the process as smooth as possible.

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