How to decorate for the holidays when your home is on the market

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams 75198

Let's call a spade a spade - ideally, you wouldn't be selling your home during the holidays.  We get that.  It's a hectic time of year, and the last thing you want to have to worry about is dropping everything at a moment's notice for a showing or sprucing up the home with anything short of, well, an actual spruce.

But you are selling your home now, and that's perfectly okay.  In some ways, you can even make the timing work to your advantage.  Take a look at the following tips to make sure Santa puts your home on the "Nice" list: 

  1. (Still) Staged.  Just because it's the holidays, it doesn't give you the excuse to forget House Staging 101.  Bake your traditional holiday cookies, but make sure that kitchen is spotless before a showing.  Keep the framed photo of last year's Tacky Christmas Sweater party in the drawer.  In lieu of that giant Santa and Rudolph display you usually put on the roof, keep it classy with some white lights and a simple wreath.

  2. Simple.  We're not going force you to put away your Christmas tree if you absolutely can't live without it.  However, consider leaving the gaudy-yet-sentimental ornaments and decor in storage for this year; they'll still be there next year when you decorate your new home.  The right amount of tasteful holiday decor can add warmth to your home without scaring potential buyers away.
  3. Secular.  Put away religious items, such as crosses, statues, and nativity scenes.  Keep your holiday decor as religiously neutral as possible - think greenery, white lights, and candles.  No one will accuse you of forgetting the real meaning behind Christmas - you're just trying to sell your home! 
  4. Scented.  Certain scents are quintessential to the holidays - spiced cider, baking cookies, a crackling fireplace - don't shy away from them, but don't overdo it, either.  Try to limit it to one scent per floor of the home.

  5. Suggest.  Another thing people think about during the holidays - parties.  Help potential buyers imagine what their own holiday parties could be like by setting the dining room table in a festive - but remember, not over-the-top - manner.

  6. Simple.  Yes, I know we've already discussed this, but it deserves a second mention.  Remember, buyers need to be able to imagine their own furniture and belongings in the home, and if you've got it overloaded with holiday decor, they won't be able to do that.

Last, but not least, remember to enjoy the season.  After all, it's only once a year!

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