Decorating Your Home During The Holidays When It Is Listed

If you are listing your South Lake Tahoe real estate during the holiday season, you may be wondering how this impacts your ability to decorate, stage and celebrate. As we all know, the main goal when preparing a home for sale in South Lake Tahoe is to keep things neutral so buyers get the full picture of what the home has to offer. This includes deep cleaning, decluttering, packing up unused items, tossing out, donating and moving furniture in a way that makes a room feel spacious while also flowing with ease. Depending on what level you like to decorate (Are you a Clark Griswold or a Grinch?), you may need to scale back. Your South Lake Tahoe realtor will be the best person to advise on how to prepare for listing South Lake Tahoe homes for sale during the holidays. Check out these helpful tips to get you started.

  • Bigger isn’t always better in the world of holiday decorations. At least not when your South Lake Tahoe real estate is listed. When you are listing homes for sale in South Lake Tahoe, you want to show off all the space the home has, whether it is an expansive mountain lodge or a cozy little cabin. That massive tree or large life-sized singing Santa can take up some good size room. Room potential buyers may not know they could have if they buy your property. By all means, be festive, but also remember not to take away too much from the actual house itself, and what it has to offer.
  • Let in light. Which means, don’t obstruct the natural light by using the windows as a prime piece of décor real estate. From the large NOEL letters on the window seal to the large Christmas tree blocking the large living room window facing the street, we tend to put our holiday décor on display for the whole neighborhood to see. Consider moving some of these items to the fireplace mantel, the dark corner (it’s a win win with extra light!) or a blank wall that could use a little detail or design. While sharing your seasonal spirit is great and it is super pretty to look at, allowing the windows to let in as much light as possible is a great way to make a space look larger. As well as show off all that natural light.
  • You don’t HAVE to do greens and reds. It is important when you are selling your South Lake Tahoe real estate to coordinate with the existing colors of the room. If your holiday décor clashes, consider packing them up for the new house and doing something a bit different. Skip the multi colored lights and go with the white, peaceful lights. Consider neutrals like white, cream, silver, gold or copper as your color palette. It may not be the typical holiday colors but it will look elegant, clean and not distract from the house itself. Remember, when buyers tour South Lake Tahoe homes for sale, you don’t want to take away from the house as they have their own furniture and décor to fill the home with.
  • Flashing lights, loud sounds and movements on a timer and the same holiday music on a loop is not only kind of annoying, but also super distracting. If it is part of your tradition, just make sure to keep them off. The goal when buyers tour South Lake Tahoe homes for sale is to keep them there as long as possible. If there is a bunch of décor commotion happening, they may not stay long.
  • Have some beautiful architectural features that make your home for sale in South Lake Tahoe unique? Show them off in a tasteful way. Whether it is a hand carved wood staircase railing, a floor to ceiling fireplace or an arched entryway, bring attention to those aspects, but don’t go overboard. If there is too much going on, buyers may not even notice them.

Chat with your South Lake Tahoe realtor about how you can create a warm, cozy feeling in your home for sale in South Lake Tahoe. An experienced South Lake Tahoe realtor will have some great ideas on how to strike the right balance between incorporating some of your favorite traditions while still attracting potential buyers. Have more questions on South Lake Tahoe real estate? Feel free to give me a call!

Navigating The Emotions Of Buying Homes For Sale in South Lake Tahoe

If you are in the process of looking at South Lake Tahoe homes for sale, you might be feeling the high and lows of potential home ownership that go well beyond the financial aspect. Luckily, working with a South Lake Tahoe realtor can help alieviate some of the stress and anxiety that can come with the experience. Here are a few tips to keep in mind during the hunt for South Lake Tahoe homes for sale! 

1.) When the search is on for homes for sale in South Lake Tahoe, open houses seem fun at first. These are a great way to view properties without trying to schedule a showing. However, after a while it can feel a bit overwhelming. It can also feel like your weekends are completely scheduled out and dictated by real estate open house maps and trying to figure out which houses to hit first when some of them are on opposite sides of town AND happening at the same time. When you work with a qualified South Lake Tahoe realtor, they will advise you that getting into homes for sale in South Lake Tahoe shortly after going on the market is always a great way to get an edge on the competition.  Have your agent schedule private showings for the South Lake Tahoe real estate you are super interested in so you can get an offer in fast if it turns out you love the home. Serious buyers need to be vigilant about touring open houses too, but be sure to go to properties that match your criteria. If you are going to everything that is open, you could be wasting valuable time. 

2.) Be patient. Finding that dream South Lake Tahoe real estate can feel similar to finding “The One”. The right one takes time. You don’t want to rush into something that isn’t right just for the sake of being a homeowner. Sure, some homes match your needs, but not necessarily your wants. Be realistic about the process, what you can afford and don’t settle for a property because it works “right now”. 

3.) Don’t be surprised if homes for sale in South Lake Tahoe don’t totally match their online presence. Professional photos are a really important part of real estate marketing and every realtor in South Lake Tahoe should be providing their sellers with this service. However! They don’t always fully capture certain details like size of rooms, light, proximity to the road, the neighbor’s house, etc. Go into each house knowing that a property may not measure up to the listing photos OR that it could actually be better in person. 

4.) Just submitted an offer on that perfect South Lake Tahoe real estate you have been dreaming about? Waiting is not fun, but it is a part of the process. Your South Lake Tahoe will you guide you through this, but there is a lot of paperwork involved and if a seller has multiple offers, they are smart to take their time with each contract and figure out which is the best fit for them. One thing you can do is add an addendum with your offer that states it expires within a certain amount of time after making the offer. Once again, work with your realtor in South Lake Tahoe as it may not be appropriate in all cases. The other thing you can do is continue to look at other South Lake Tahoe homes for sale. Also stay busy doing things you love. It will help pass the time quicker! 

5.) One of the other important (and smart) aspects of buying real estate in South Lake Tahoe is understanding the condition of a home. There are a lot of inspections and disclosures that sellers have to submit and while you may not be sure how to differentiate everything, your realtor in South Lake Tahoe can help you navigate the pile of paperwork and what everything means. If something feels like a deal breaker on a home, chat with your real estate professional and find out what it really means for the transaction, what the fixes are, options, etc.  

6.) Speaking of #5, be prepared to negotiate. Especially if you submit a lower offer. Lowballing is generally never a good idea for multiple reasons, but if you come in lower than asking, expect the seller to counter. You will have opportunities to make changes to the sale price later. For example, let’s say the appraisal comes back lower or the inspector finds some bigger fixes. You will likely return to the drawing board to come up with an offer that both parties can agree on. 

Just remember during the process to rely on your realtor in South Lake Tahoe during the process. If you start feeling frustrated or overwhelmed, they can usually provide some insight or ideas that will help get you through the bumps and hurdles of home buying. It is, after all, an exciting time and worth it in the end! For more information on purchasing real estate in South Lake Tahoe, feel free to give me a call! I would be happy to help!