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