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    Extravagances to Avoid this Holiday Season if You Plan to Sell Your Home Next Year

    With the start of December, the Holiday Season is in full swing. While this is often the time of year when you are going all out, whether it be with gifts or decorations, you might want to restrain yourself a little this year if you plan to sell.

    1.Damage-Free Decorating

    You want your house to look it’s best when you put it on the market, and if you are causing damage with Holiday decorations you are creating more work for yourself. Instead of nails or screws for hanging lights, consider gutter or shingle clips. These will safely hold all your outdoor decorations without causing any unneeded damage to your house.

    For other hanging decorations consider 3M removable hooks; they come in a variety of sizes and styles so you are sure to find the right one for the job. Don’t forget about the curb appeal, large inflatables and yard decorations can leave marks that can take months to recover.

    2.Minimize the Clutter

    While you might want to buy everything that everyone wants, something to take into consideration is where all those gifts are going to go after they are under the tree. When you are selling your home you want to declutter as much as you can. You don’t want someone to come into your house and see that your closets are bursting at the seams.

    If you just can’t seem to forgo the huge pile of presents under the tree, consider donating older gifts to make room for the new ones. Instead of buying an advent calendar, place one item aside every day and donate them after Christmas. Not only does this help free up space for new items, it can be a great lesson for children about the spirit of giving.

    3.Skip the Appliances or Large Furniture

    Do you think you have finally found the perfect couch? But will it still be perfect in your new home?  In the months leading up to the listing of your home, you should refrain from making any purchases that are specific to your current home. Even though, in the moment, having a brand new stove seems like a great idea before the holidays, often times appliances go with the house.

    So, you might just be buying new appliances for the future owners of your house. Save shopping for furniture and appliances for when you are moving into your new house, then you can choose items that will go perfectly in your new space.

    4.Drop the Debt

    This is probably not the year to have a new car sitting in the driveway with a bow. The accumulation of any new debt when you are looking at getting a mortgage can be detrimental. Whether it is loans or credit card debt, it can make it difficult for you to qualify for a mortgage. If there is any doubt, consult with your lender before making any large purchases that may affect your ability to get a mortgage.

    5.Hold-off on the New Pets

    Moving and showing a house can be a challenge with pets you have had for years, imagine going through that whole process with a puppy or a kitten. The holidays might seem like the perfect time to find a new family member, but waiting until you are settled in your new home is probably a better option.

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