Showing Your Home During the Holidays

The holidays are here and your calendars are packed with parties and activities. Not only are budgets strained but roads are covered in snow. And to top it off you are showing your home this holiday season. Make it easier on yourself and entice perspective buyers with these five tips.

  1. Decorate, but not too much
    Decking the halls for the holidays often makes homes look their best. However, sellers should be wary of going overboard. Oversized adornments often crowd spaces while distracting and turning off potential buyers. You also can avoid offending buyers by opting for general fall or winter decorations and avoiding religious themed items.
  2. Mind the Tree
    Sure, a tall Christmas tree accentuates your two-story living room, but keep in mind the size of the base. A too wide base could potentially overwhelm your floor space and perspective buyers. You can save space and show off your great room with a skinnier tree. When decorating, swapping antique heirloom ornaments for a cohesive theme also goes a long way.
  3. Cozy-fy
    Making your home feel warm and cozy gives house hunters an inviting place to escape from the cold. Start by cranking up the heat, playing soft classical music and setting out homemade holiday treats during showings. Encouraging buyers to spend more time in your time, also gives them more time to admire features they might have missed with a quick walk through.
  4. Price to Sell
    Regardless of the time of year, you always want to price your home to sell. Rather than gradually making price adjustments, we suggest that sellers slash their initial price before putting their home on the market to attract the most offers. After all, a below market price home is sure to make buyers feel merry.
  5. Always declutter
    Going along with tip number one, a few decorations go a long way, but many sellers tend to fill up all of their extra space to hang every last ornament. Cutting back on the decorations and clearing the clutter shows off your extra space to potential buyers. This decluttering also allows potential buyers picture their own decorations in the space. And remember next year, you will be in a new home and bring out all the decorations you went without this year!

Pioneer Days Events/History

In Utah, Pioneer Day is a popular holiday celebrating the entry of the Mormon pioneers into Salt Lake Valley in 1847. This holiday allows Utahns to remember the journey Brigham Young and the pioneers made, their strength and endurance, along with the trials they faced to make it across the States. The first official Pioneer Day was held on July 24, 1857 but was interrupted by Johnson’s Army. Pioneer Day wouldn’t be celebrated until 1862.wagon-1018705_640

Because Pioneer Day is a state holiday, many county offices with the exception of emergency services and businesses are closed that day to enjoy the festivities. To commemorate the day, many people enjoy seeing the fireworks, parades, enjoying some rodeos, picnics, and other festivities that take place across the state.

Want to get in on the fun? The Days of ‘47 are holding a lot of great, family-friendly events. Here are a few to check out:

  • Youth Parade. Taking place Saturday, July 23, 2016, this is a fun event Sponsored by Union Pacific Railroad. The Youth Parade starts at 10 am so grab the kids and enjoy a fun day of great food and floats.
  • Family Festival. After the Youth Parade, this event allows children and their families to enjoy some family-friendly activities and crafts.

In addition to these fun events, the infamous Pioneer Day Parade will be taking place on July 25, 2016. This parade has all kinds of colorful floats celebrating the local businesses and vendors.

On the flip side of the state holiday, another holiday many haven’t heard of, for those who aren’t interested in celebrating Pioneer Day, is Beer and Pie Day. Already KRCL has some great events taking place this year.

Regardless what side of the fence you fall on, there are a lot of awesome things taking place across the state that you’ll definitely want to check out.

Quick Ways to Save Money During The Holidays

christmas-1410967135CAlThe holidays are a wonderful, and special, time of the year. However, even with all the festivities and cheer, it is easy to get stressed out. For many, the stress is due to finances. This year, enjoy more of the holiday’s and save some money with these tips and tricks.

Before starting out in your holiday shopping, take a moment to make a plan. This is where you set a budget (forget about the complicated spreadsheets) and just map out the dollar amount you have to spend and how much you’d like to spend on each person on your list. By having a set dollar amount, you’re less likely to overspend.

Another thing you can do is cut back on unnecessary spending, such as going out to eat (as often), ordering water instead of soda at a restaurant, and so on. Brainstorm and look over your expenses, where can you cut back to use towards gifts instead?

The holiday’s can be a stressful time for people too because of all the shopping and gifts they feel they have to buy. However, look over who you have to buy for and decide where you can trim your list.

There are various ways to save money during this time of year. The thing to remember as you start your shopping is to be creative, think outside the box, and have some fun. Isn’t that the true meaning of Christmas anyway?