Decorating for Christmas while selling....Should you...or not???

Home Stager with Restage Inc.

Decorating a house for Christmas has alway's been one of my favorite activities. It's different than normal decorating and let's me go wild...

I love all the different options that are available and for me Christmas decorating is always more is more instead of the old adage of less is more.

That being said what do I tell my clients trying to sell their house?

Do they put up the tree or not? Do they add lights or not...and on..and on...

My opinion is that if they live in the house while selling - of course. I want the sellers to be comfortable in their home but I am alway's sure to mention less is more...only when selling of course.

I strongly suggest not putting up religious items - We do not want to offend potential buyers that are non denominational or would be offended by certain items.

If the house is vacant I personally do not put up much Christmas decor. I may add a few decorative items like Christmas balls in a hurricane vase or similar. I like hint's of it but not too much. I never add a Christmas tree but may choose to use red as my accent colour.

The bottom line is I think adding a little festivity is never bad but reigning it in is a good idea. Also, I like to remind my clients that staging your house for sale is different that living in your house and this should also apply for holiday decor.

I hope this helps all of you and I would love to hear your comments.

Comments (4)

Sasha Dear
Sasha Dear Real Estate Brokerage - Bracebridge, ON

I agree that decorating for Xmas should perhaps be done in a tasteful 'staged' manner. I do feel that it is a shame to have to take religioussymbolism out of the equation though. Personally, I am not what you would call religious. However, I feel that to have to curb your religious views in the possible event of 'offending' potential buyers is actually offensive to the seller! It is true what you say though. Just a shame our society is at that stage where our culture is bending over backwards to accommodate others. So much so, that we loose ours?...

Dec 13, 2009 09:09 AM
Richard Mielke
RE/MAX Results - Gettysburg, PA
REALTOR, Gettysburg Pennsylvania Real Estate

I think holiday decorating when a house is for sale should be kept to a minimum. You are trying to sell a house, not distract them with lots of decorations.

Dec 13, 2009 09:38 AM
Elysse Bulloch
Calgary, AB

I think that using red bulbs is a nice accent and defiantly keeping it to a minimum don't want to scare anyone off . If the home is occupied then this is a nice hoilday touch for the home owners since the christmas tree is not allowed.

Dec 13, 2009 01:04 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I agree that decorations should be kept to a minimum but I disagree that Christmas trees should be banned.  If there is plenty of room and a tree (tastefully decorated to accent the furnishings) will add a warm and inviting feel to the room...I say include it.  It should be removed immediately after Christmas, along with any other seasonal decorations.

Dec 14, 2009 03:56 AM