To Tree Or Not To Tree? That is the question when your house is on the market during the holidays.
Do you Macy it up with a towering, teetering tree bedecked and bedazzled with an overabundance of bows and baubles that creates a load only an engineer could appreciate?
Or are you tasteful with a tidy wreath on the front door and a few sprigs of greens on the mantle?
What's the message are you sending out?
Scenario #1: Please, please, pleeeeeaaaaaaassssseeeee buy our home! Can't you just envision yourself here on Christmas morning, opening gifts by a crackling fire (recently sweeped as indicated in the Seller's Disclosure). Notice the updated electrical - how else could we run all these megalights day and night and run the dishwasher at the same time? Did you see our illuminated For Sale sign or did you google the neighborhood and find our lights on the satelite view? Oh by the way, want a cookie? We baked them in our double convection oven in the updated kitchen (notice the stainless steel and new granite, thank you)! We are SO desperate to sell our home, we'll even throw in the fake presents under the tree!
Scenario #2 Bah Humbug. I know it's Christmas but frankly, we're so broke we're not doing anything. Please buy our house.
Scenario #3 - Welcome to our home. We are continuing our usual Christmas tradition even if our house is on the market. We've had many good memories here - and we hope you will too.
Personally, I go for #3 - enjoy the holidays in your house (tastefully) after all, if all goes as planned, it will be your last.
How do you advise your clients to decorate during the holidays?