By Suzie Wilson – Are you preparing a home for sale in the off-season? Regardless of what time of year it is, you can enjoy success in the housing market with a few clever strategies in place. Here is how to make the most of your property so you can anticipate a quick and smooth transaction.

Warm and Welcoming

Just because it’s the off-season doesn’t mean your home can’t stand out from the crowd. With that in mind, the last thing you want is for your home to look dreary and dull. Help your house look cheerful and welcoming by making the most of natural light. One idea is to remove your window treatments to allow in as much sunlight as possible. If privacy is a concern, add sheer curtains for gently filtered light. Create ambience in cozy areas of your home by adding a woolly blanket and a stack of firewood. Redfin suggests adding more light fixtures to brighten dim areas, and you can even install brighter bulbs in fixtures to add light to dark rooms and corners. Adding extra outdoor lighting can also help make your home more attractive to house hunters. Pay special attention to making walkways and entrances easier to navigate.

Smart Strategies for Selling Your Home in the Off-Season

Feeling Festive

Showing your home during the holiday season can present unique challenges, but your best strategy is to take advantage of the time of year. HGTV recommends thinking in terms of an inviting atmosphere. Choose appropriate scents like pumpkin and cinnamon, bake some cookies right before a showing, and consider offering house hunters some mulled cider or hot cocoa. Feel free to decorate for the season by adding cultural seasonalities that lend to the feel of the property. This might include poinsettias or a nativity scene, each of which are common in Mexico throughout December and January

You can also use color theory to add a sense of liveliness. A serape draped over the sofa, for example, will provide a touch of color and personality to the room. If you display a tree, select one that is easy to navigate around, feels fitting to the space, and doesn’t cover up any important aspects of your home. Avoid putting up any noisy decorations or items with family photos or names on them. Instead, get a jump on packing and box up all your personalized belongings. You can display those family favorites next year in your new home.

Enhance Curb Appeal

Your home’s exterior is the first thing potential buyers will notice, so look for ways to make your property especially appealing. Tidy your landscaping, and add some potted plants to your walkways and porch. As Lowes suggests, you can use tender plants for improved curb appeal. Select colors which are cheerful; if you can’t use blooming plants, choose greenery and select pots in lively hues to catch buyers’ eyes. Take a look at the overall appearance of your neighborhood as well. If your neighbors’ homes are sparkling with an abundance of holiday lights, chances are house hunters will expect your home to also be lit up. You want your home to stand out in a positive way but still fit in. 

Set yourself up for success when selling a property, regardless of the season. Choose smart decorating strategies, and display your home to catch buyers’ attention and make a positive impression. Make the most of the season and you’re sure to have a great offer in no time.

Suzie Wilson has been an interior designer for over 20 years. What started as a hobby (and often, a favor to friends) turned into a passion for creating soothing spaces in homes of every size and style. Visit her website at: