If you enjoy Mardi Gras, like New Orleanians do, you’ve probably battled leftover glitter, excess beads and a rotating cast of houseguests. If you happen to be selling your home during this time – or looking for a home during this local holiday season, we have some advice for you to consider.
If you’re trying to sell your home during Carnival, we have a few tips to keep the glitter and guests in check.
- Keep the shoes, coconuts and special throws on display. Buyers have similar items at home. Sparse, overly staged homes may seem too sterile during this season. Laissez les bon temp rouler! Oh, and here is how to handle all the glitter from those Muses shoes… You don’t until after Mardi Gras is over!
- Communicate with your Real Estate agent, well in advance, what dates your home cannot be shown. Depending on where you live, you may have some limitations based on parade routes. Other challenges can come from having a house full of guests for the “big” weekend including Lundi Gras and Mardi Gras day. You may even want to exclude Ash Wednesday from showings to give you a chance to recover!
- Trust your Realtor to be able to communicate the special needs and challenges that come with showing homes during this time of year.
If you are looking for a home during Carnival, particularly if you are from out of town, please keep a few things in mind:
- Don’t expect to see as many homes as usual during the entire season – through Ash Wedensday. Most locals, regardless of whether they live near or along a Parade Route, have plans – often that have been in place for years (we are creatures of habit and stake out our spot along St. Charles well in advance!)
- Recognize that most homes will not be in pristine show-ready condition – we all usually have several bags of beads and throws near our front door along with chairs and coolers and more.
- If you are coming in from out of town, work with your Realtor to determine expectations and consider alternate dates if at all possible – perhaps a Monday or Tuesday (excluding Lundi Gras and Mardi Gras).
For all things Mardi Gras, we recommend checking out the following websites: