Can I Decorate My Home for Christmas When It's for Sale?

Reblogger MaryKay Shumway
Real Estate Agent with The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948)

Believe it or, we show a LOT of homes in Door County during the holiday season (especially the week between Christmas and New Years), and this is an often-asked question: 


Do we decorate an on-market home for our holidays,

and how much decorating can we do?

Door County Christmas Properties for Sale

Just this morning, I politely nixed my husband on putting out one of those garage door spotlight displays (that kind of display doesn't really match the feel of our neighborhood and I don't particularly care for them--but our home is not for sale). 


Sometimes less is more. I always think that decorating with discernment during the holidays (regardless of the holiday) if your home is on market is the answer, and it's also a nice solution.  However, there are things to consider, and that is why I am re-posting a great blog on the universal question:  "Can I decorate my (Door County, Atlanta, Florida, Arizona, Connecticut) home for Christmas when it's for Sale"?  It's truly a universal question every year.


To see Door County homes available during the holiday season, see our entire MLS at   And as with my example of my own home above, if you're used to being the home with ALL of the lights in the neighborhood--it could actually be a "pro" to have people driving by at night (so long as your real estate signage is prominent enough to see).  Take a look at more pros and cons of decorating your home for sale during the holidays, and enjoy your 2017 Holiday Season!!!


Door County Holiday Home and Hearth

Original content by Shar Sitter

As a Home Stager I get that question a lot. There is a very short answer....Absolutely!

Christmas is a widely celebrated holiday that most people understand. If it is your tradition I don't feel that you need to put that aside just for selling your home. The potential buyer will most likely also celebrate and decorate for Christmas and may appreciate seeing the perfect place for the tree and the warmth of the holiday in their future home.

There are a few caveats, however to decorating your home for Christmas while it is for sale. That caveat being, how into Christmas are you?

If you are a person that loves Christmas and it comes out in your home decorations to the tune that you have 53 bins of Christmas decorations then you may need to tone it down and only use 3-4 of those bins. :)




The goal is for the architectural features of your home to still be seen through the Christmas decor. If the decorations are so thick and overwhelming, the buyer will not be able to visual what the house looks like without all the extra items.

It may also make the rooms appear smaller and darker.


     Putting up a Christmas tree is totally acceptable but be a little more conscience of where you place it. Perhaps the traditional spot isn't the best place when you have people coming through. You may need to put it in a different room or in the lower level. Keep the traffic flow areas open, don't cover up a beautiful view and don't get a tree that is so large it takes up most of a room.

One other suggestion I have is to decorate with as little red and green as possible. I know those are the traditional Christmas colors but the more you can use gold, silver, and white will keep the space more neutral and not clash with your regular color scheme.




I hope that gives you some guidance on how to still enjoy the Christmas season in  your home while having potential buyers taking a look.

Always get professional advice from a trained Home Stager when selling one of your largest assets.




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Diane Beaumont
Benchmark Mortgage - Woodland Park, CO
USDA,FHA,Jumbo,VA Woodland Park, CO Mortgage

Excellent advice for the holiday. Merry Christmas!

Dec 01, 2017 11:37 AM #1
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

MaryKay, when it comes to holiday decorations of any kind and home selling, a little restraint on behalf of the home owners is a good thing. 

Dec 01, 2017 12:43 PM #2
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Thanks for the re-blog!

Dec 01, 2017 03:39 PM #3
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Yes you can but keep it small and on key

Dec 01, 2017 06:41 PM #4
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