As a Palo Alto Real Estate Agent I am often asked this question in the fall, "Should I decorate my house for Halloween?"
I am prejudiced as I love Halloween, but the decision to decorate your Palo Alto home for sale or not needs to be made with your head, not your heart.
My first rule of thumb is don't do anything that would scare a young child. So no witches, headless horsemen, or "The Nightmare Before Christmas" pumpkins. If a child gets scared when viewing a home he or she will start screaming and the parents are likely to need to leave before they have the chance to really appreciate all that your Palo Alto home has to offer. Put out pumpkins with smiling faces instead.
Making your home smell like Halloween will bring warm feelings to anyone who enters the house. Pumpkin candles, candy corn, apple cider smells are all wonderful and will make people feel good when they come into the house. Halloween is a happy time for most people so reminding them of that happiness is a good thing when you are selling your Palo Alto home.
One thing I like to do when I list a home in Palo Alto over Halloween is to dedicate one room to decorations, instead of doing up the whole house.
If most of the decorations are in one room of the Palo Alto house for sale then the concept of isn't this a wonderful time of year can be achieved without distracting from the staging and architectural features of the rest of the home.
Creativity in selling a Palo Alto home near Halloween can take many forms.
As many Palo Alto residents know we have an active raccoon population in town. Digging up lawns is one of their favorite past times. The week I was ready to put this Palo Alto home on the market a band of raccoons decided that this home had the best grubbs on the block and wanted to lift up the grass to get to them. It started in one spot then expanded. The owners wanted to capture the raccoons before re-seeding the lawn. I got some straw and put pumpkins over the dug up area. By the time this Palo Alto house went on the market I had several bales of straw and a few scare crows all over the front lawn. It looked like Halloween and covered up the offending torn up lawn. We eventually relocated the raccoons, and re- seeded the lawn for the new owners.
So as Halloween approaches, if you are selling your home in Palo Alto have fun with the holiday and be careful not to put up anything that could scare a young child, or detract from the better points of your lovely Palo Alto home for sale.
If you have any questions about selling a home in Palo Alto please feel free to contact me.
Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto