One of the biggest questions sellers ask me is, “Should I decorate for the holiday season while my house is on the market?” I say Yes- but with careful consideration!
Keep your Holiday Decorations Classic
You want potential buyers to be able to see themselves in your home, and that can be tough if your home is decked out in Santa Claus figurines and reindeer sweaters. Instead, stick to more timeless interior décor, like white lights and evergreen wreaths. Outside, resist the urge to be Clark Griswold, stick with simple white light strands and possible some candles in the windows. Don’t cover the width and breadth of your lawn with giant blow up decorations.
Don’t Go Overboard with the Scent of Christmas
You love the smell of fresh pine, but that doesn’t mean everyone does. Again, you want potential buyers to feel comfortable in your home, and overwhelming them with smells can be a big turnoff. Stick to unscented candles or very, very lightly scented baking scents, like cookies or cranberries.
Make Sure Your Home is Welcoming and Inviting
Your holiday decorations shouldn’t make your home feel cramped or cluttered. This is not the time to bring out your animated motion sensor Santa or invest in a truly oversized Christmas tree. If you have a lot of furniture, consider removing some pieces to make your rooms feel more open. You want potential buyers to be able to imagine themselves living in your home, so help them out by giving them some breathing room.
Follow these tips and you’ll be sure to have great in-person showings during the holiday season Happy selling!
If you have any other questions about selling your home during the holiday season, or any other real estate needs, don’t hesitate to reach out to me! I’m always available to talk real estate!