Home Sellers - Deck the Halls or Festivus during the holidays.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

Home Sellers - Deck the Halls, or Festivus for the holidays.

White Christmas LightsIf you’re selling your home during the holiday season, there’s normally the question of decorations. Is is wise to deck the halls, or is it better to keep the holiday specific decorations in storage?

There is a general consensus that it's best to keep the decor more neutral, as in a winter theme, not Christmas or Hanukkah specific, or even Festivus. Personally, I disagree and feel that you have the right to celebrate the holidays your way.

Tasteful decorations and thoughtful decisions for Holiday Home Sellers.

My listing clients are advised to celebrate in the normal manner, but to keep in mind “less is more.”  When you’re selling a home, stifle your inner “Clark Griswold” until next year.  Santa’s huge roof-top sleigh, and the blow-up snowman should stay in storage.
Deck the Halls
Not every Jewish family feels he need to decorate the home for Hanukkah - but most homes will have, at minimum, a Menorah. Generally, decor is kept simple - and that works well for holiday home showings. There are however, many homes that celebrate Chrismuckkah.

Tips for selling your home during the holidays.

Balance is critical this time of the year. As a seller, your goal is to create a warm and inviting atmosphere with elegance in mind. The holidays attract serious buyers - and staging your house perfectly can translate into a sale.

So go head, deck the halls, but keep in mind...

Tree Size. A tall tree can help showcase your two-story great room, be mindful to ensure a wide base doesn’t crowd into the floor space. Short fat trees that swallow up small living spaces should be replaced with thin wispy trees, or a petite tree on a table top.

Keep those needles picked up from live trees - and be sure to keep the cobwebs from forming on the ceiling. (live trees have spiders - plan on relocating a few outdoors)

Presents. Don't have stacks of presents spilling out from under the tree and into living space.

Christmas themed knick-knacks. Keep half of the decorations in storage - you want your home’s best features to shine.

Fireplace warmth. Keep a gas fireplace glowing, but due to fire concerns, do not light candles, or leave a wood fire unattended. No fireplace? Make sure the heat is on and the house is warm and cozy.

Seasonal Scents. Avoid strong smelling potpourris and candles. A pot of cider simmering on the stove and a festive plate of cookies on the counter is a nice touch.

Light and Bright. Keep lights on, window coverings open,  and Do NOT put artificial snow, stickers, or any other light absorbing decor on your home’s windows.

Exterior decor. Skip tons of lights on the house exterior, and instead use strings of tiny white lights in the trees or shrubbery. ( Remember keep the yard decor in storage this year)

Porch and Door. A beautiful green wreath on the front door says welcome. Large pots filled with greenery or holly add a nice seasonal touch to the front porch.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, or Festivus for the rest of us. However you celebrate the upcoming holiday season, keep in mind less is more when it comes to selling your home. Best of luck!
 Home Sellers - Deck the Halls

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Debb - there's nothing like a mention of Festivus to get me in the holiday spirit -- pass the festivus pole and let us air our grievances.

Nov 20, 2013 01:30 AM #8
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

You too Eric. We have a set of those infamous Moose Mugs and my hubby and I sip eggnog out of them and toast Clark while we decorate our Christmas Tree each year.

Michael - Yes indeed. One of my favorite Seinfeld episodes - oh man, there are SO many.

Nov 20, 2013 01:36 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


The Festivus episode was hysterical.  We should  decorate our homes with what makes us happy and what we enjoy.  Keeping it neutral for fear of offending someone is assuming that the onlookers are not sensitive and understanding people.  When we have traveled in Europe for the holidays, every village is decorated differently, and seems everyone has their own customs.  Sharing that and learning about gives one an additional soul.   

Nov 20, 2013 01:43 AM #10
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Exactly Alexandra - respect for one another - and our belief systems should be part of a civilized society. Plus, the diversity in customs enriches us all. I can't imagine telling sellers to keep their belief systems in storage. Bah humbug! Cheers.

Nov 20, 2013 01:52 AM #11
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Debb, Your blog is loaded with numerous excellent points for decorating during the Holidays a home which is up for sale. i will have to stash thois post so I can remember these ideas. I agree less is actually more. All folks should od what they normally do but tone it down. I will suggest.. Thanks.. 

Nov 20, 2013 02:47 AM #12
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Debb - That's very good advice for our sellers during the holiday season. We have found that tasefully done decorations add to the warmth of the home this time of year, but we've also seen some way over the top turn-offs as well. (And I think that Festivus was one of the funniest Seinfeld episodes ever).

Nov 20, 2013 03:15 AM #13
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Bob, thanks much. Less is more - most of the time. Lol

Hi Dick - They can and do add warmth - always with thought and consideration. ;) Yes Festivus still makes me laugh.

Nov 20, 2013 03:35 AM #14
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Debb, Festivus for the rest of us, that brings back a few memories from the last century.

I am a big fan of Christmas, but decorating in not my strong suit so not much gets done, the tree always makes a late arrival on Christmas eve, and stays through the twelve days of Christmas and departs on the feast of the Epiphany.

Nov 20, 2013 04:16 AM #15
Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.

Debb Janes is the Realtor to see in Camas WA - contact her at (360) 210-5526. Keep up the good work! Have a nice day.

Nov 20, 2013 05:11 AM #16
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Debb: Tasteful is appreciated but Griswold decorating is definitely out if sellers want to have their home seen in a positive light. 

Nov 20, 2013 07:04 AM #17
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Suggested! I am so with you Debb! 

You offer excellent advice and that photo is beautiful! A picture like that just might be the reason why a buyer would be interested!

Your expertise in the business is priceless. Anyone that works with you has to be proud. 

Nov 20, 2013 07:18 AM #18
Nancy Conner
Olympia, WA
Olympia/Thurston County WA

Some great tips for sellers, Debb!  And I have seen buyers fall in love with the "feel" of a nicely decorated home this time of year - lots of the emotions of "home" are evoked by the holiday season.

Nov 20, 2013 07:36 AM #19
Helen and Larry Prier- Re-Max Gateway - Residential Real Estate
RE-MAX Gateway- Residential Real Estate Sales - Anacortes, WA
Anacortes & surrounding Skagit & Island Counties

Debb, Love your photos. I think with the right approach, decorations can enhance a home this time of year. Just don't get carried away.

Nov 20, 2013 09:14 AM #20
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debb, even though a family wants to decorate and show festivity in the home, when it is for sale, you still want the buyers to SEE the house, not the decor --- excellent advice.  Suggested.

Nov 20, 2013 10:05 AM #21
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Great post, Debb.  I am sitting here laughing as I type thinking of you & your husband sipping eggnog from moose mugs.  Traditons are sweet.  Another season is almost here so enjoy!

Nov 20, 2013 10:30 AM #22
Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Debb, Great info for people during the holidays. I love the lights and fun.

Nov 21, 2013 12:16 AM #23
Dalia Kibby
Cooper City, FL
Your Trusted Realty Professional

Remember to update photos of Holiday listings after the holidays, if the photos show seasonal decorations.

Nov 21, 2013 01:03 AM #24
Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Yes, holiday decor that coordinates with the home's style is always in good taste.

Nov 21, 2013 12:28 PM #25
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Debb,

I'm with you on this one..less is more!! Tasteful decorating is always in style and you have hi-lighted great suggestions for a seller who has their home on the market during the Holidays!

Nov 21, 2013 06:00 PM #26
Helen and Larry Prier- Re-Max Gateway - Residential Real Estate
RE-MAX Gateway- Residential Real Estate Sales - Anacortes, WA
Anacortes & surrounding Skagit & Island Counties

Debb, Just thought I would let you know I featured your post in My favorites for last week. Here is the link:


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