The real estate market can drop into a lower gear as the holidays are upon us during the winter season. However, this should not mean that homes do not or cannot sell. Despite the distractions of holiday happenings or the changing weather, many people still need to move. Situational moves including things like a job change and relocation force individuals to search for homes regardless of season. Here are a collection of selling tips if you are selling during the winter.

Stay Seasonal: The holiday season affords the opportunity to make your home inviting with festive decor. Try adding decorative garland, containers of greenery, colorful welcome mats or branches with berries to your home. Avoid any decorations that are religious, but keep wood stacked by the fireplace, candles and comforting blankets around for a warm ambiance.

Football Game Schedules: Pay attention to football schedules as trying to host an open house during the big game can yield a slower open house. Pick a flexible time either before or after to avoid any conflicts.

Stage a Party: Along with winter comes holiday parties and gatherings. Consider staging your home with an enticing display. Set the dining table with your best plates, fresh flower bouquets or even holiday cookies on cake stands. This can showcase your home’s best opportunities for entertaining.

Lighting: Where many showings can take place later in the day when the days are shorter and darker, lighting is key. Make sure blinds are open to let in as much natural light as possible. Next, be sure you have enough lighting to keep all areas of the home well-lit. A well illuminated home can appear warmer, more inviting and sometimes even larger.

Competition: This time of year can be a slower season for buyer traffic, but don’t get discouraged. With fewer homes on the market, there will be less competition for your home.