There are many good reasons why sellers should list their Denver home in December, such as low inventory, less competition, a more serious buyer pool, etc. Once you have decided that now is a better time to sell, the next question becomes, should you decorate your home for the holidays?
On one hand, a decorated home feels more warm and inviting, and on the other, over-decorating may cause clutter and distract potential buyers from seeing the bones of the house. It’s important to consider both viewpoints.
Should I Decorate My Listed Denver Home For The Holidays?
Should you put out those blue and white candles and prominently display your menorah? What about hanging a wreath on your door or showcasing a Christmas tree in front of a window? What's overdoing it? What's not?
People carry biases and prejudices with them. Why give them more information than they need to know about you? By not decorating, you are protecting your privacy during home showings. You are also making your home feel more spacious without blocking pathways. When buyers enter your home, you want them to imagine putting their own furniture in each room, making it theirs, and they can't do that if your holiday decorations dominate the stage.
Holiday Decorating Compromises for Sellers
If you choose to decorate your home for the holidays, at least keep the decorations to a minimum. Don't block or cover up important selling features such as fireplace mantels, stair railings, stained-glass windows, etc.
- Tone down the size of tree. In place of a 10-foot tree, try decorating a table-top, four-foot version.
- Stack wrapped presents in a closet or in one corner.
- Use more splashes of red than green because red is an emotionally appealing color.
- Resist the urge to hang banners and use greenery instead such as evergreen or rosemary garlands.
- Display centerpieces made from pine cones or other wintry pieces of nature.
- Never leave candles burning unattended.
- Set a plate of cookies on the counter, next to festive paper napkins for guests.
- Simmer spicy apple cider on the stove, and set out cups and ladle.
Let the Bandy team show you other tips to prepare your home and sell it quickly this holiday! We will guide you through all phases of the home buying and home selling process in Denver. Our home purchasing experts can also help you with buying Canterberry Crossing homes in Parker, real estate in Stroh Ranch, or any of the pine tree lot homes in the Pinery. We are here to help you find your dream home and will guide you every step of the way!
Until next time,
Marianne Bandy, Team Leader
The Bandy Team
Keller Williams Park Meadows