Every year during the Holiday Season Sellers ask me the same question…Is it ok if I decorate for the Holidays while my home is listed? My answer is yes! However, there are some guidelines you should follow while still presenting your home in the best possible fashion. Homes can look their best during the Holidays and create a warm and comfortable feeling by following the “less is more” rule. Using decorations that are minimal and well placed can be the perfect way to make potential buyers feel welcome.
Less is More
One of the cardinal rules for selling your home at any time of the year is to be clutter free, so don’t get carried away by staging your home with a lot of holiday décor. Keep it simple and put out certain favorite pieces to give your home some holiday cheer.
Downsize Your Tree
Everyone loves a Christmas tree and if you normally look for the largest one in the forest or the tree lot, re-think the size. While a tree is an important part of decorating and adds warmth to the room, it should not take up too much space. Consider downsizing to a smaller tree. Placement is also key, in a corner out of the way or move or remove furniture as needed. Your potential buyer still needs to envision that space as usable family space.
Flameless candles can add a warm and cozy feeling to your home for the holidays. Place them in strategic spots around your house; in a festive centerpiece on the table, the fireplace mantle and even the bathroom and kitchen.
Be Careful with Holiday Scents
Holiday scents can help us conjure up visions of “sugar plums in our head” but they can be overpowering. Avoid using strong pine or heavy spice scents. Try using a subtle cranberry or mild vanilla scent or even baking cookies…the key word is “subtle”.
Curb appeal during the winter Holiday season is as important as any other time of the year. Nights are longer and darker and there is no doubt that lighting is key to help generate an inviting look. Don’t overdo it with too many Holiday lights and avoid using blow up displays in the front yard. Accenting your entry way with a Holiday wreath and a small string of lights is just enough.
Decorating your home for the Holidays while trying to sell is more than acceptable. Think of it as Holiday Staging and remember to keep it neutral but festive for the family, after all you are still living there. Setting the stage for the holidays will help potential buyers to imagine themselves in the same setting, sitting by the fire, drinking a cup of eggnog while enjoying the ambiance of the winter season.
As a licensed Realtor, I know the local market and have first hand experience in what potential buyers look for in our area. Whether you are selling your home, buying your first home, in need of expanding, downsizing or building, I have the experience and knowledge you need.