We all know the real estate market has been strange the past few months. As a result of the turbulence, many homes are staying on the market longer than before. So, what should you do if your home is listed during the holidays? Show off your Christmas tree? What about your Diwali sidewalk art? Your beautiful silver menorah? Read on for some basic do's and don'ts.
First of all, let's talk about the facts. Everyone has different views on different holidays. You may be subconsciously turning off buyers with different religious views. Your best bet is to skip decorating if your house is for sale. I know 99.9% of you are going to disregard that advice, and that's okay. It is your home until it's sold, and you'll likely have very few (if any) showings during the month of December. So, if you're going to decorate, here's how...
~Put presents in a closet, if possible.
~Keep walkways clear.
~Be steadfast about vacuuming up pine needles if you use a natural tree.
~Keep decor more wintry and natural. Think bay laurel wreaths and rosemary bushes, not sparkly gold tinsel.
~Cover up important selling features with decorations. If you have an arched entryway leading to your dining room and it's strung with garland, we won't be able to see it.
~Leave candles burning unattended. If for religious reasons you cannot extinguish your candles, stay home during that showing. You can grab a mug of coffee and sit in the kitchen. As long as you aren't acting as a 'tour guide' most buyers will understand your presence.
~Stress yourself out! You're busy enough during the holiday season!