How to Decorate for Halloween While Selling Your Home

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How to Decorate for Halloween While Selling Your Home

 

If your home is for sale during the Halloween season, you can still celebrate the season without overwhelming your buyers. 

 

What you want to remember is that the two basic principles of staging hold halloween decorationtrue no matter what you’re celebrating. 

 

#1 Highlight the possibilities of your house to show its livability to your buyers. 

#2Remove anything that would distract or detract from your property. 

 

Below are 5 Tips to help you decide how to decorate for Halloween while your home is on the market:

1. Don’t make your buyers’ eyes bounce all over the house!

Having every space covered with pumpkins, spiders and Halloween characters doesn’t allow your buyers to focus on what’s important...YOUR SPACE!

2. Make sure that your buyers will be able to see YOUR HOUSE as they drive up.

Remember, they’re not buying your decorations...they need to be able to see your house. Save the big blowup characters for your new home. 

3. Don’t make your buyers have to hack their way through your decorations just to get to your front door. 

I’ve seen homes with spider webs covering the walkway and giant spiders hanging from the front door. Once again...save them for your new home. 

4. Resist the need to fill every room and flat surface with all of your Halloween decorations.

Yes...you know who you are!!!! Save the shower curtain with witches on it and pumpkin-themed throw rugs for your new home. 

5. Save the pumpkin-spiced latte for Starbucks!

Even during the holidays, the best smell is one of CLEAN!  And, for some buyers too much caramel vanilla, apple pie and pumpkin spice can be overwhelming. 

 

halloween decroationsHowever, you don’t have to have a BLAH home for the holidays, even if it is For Sale!

 

 

 

*Choose the colors of the season that work with your own home colors for a simple arrangement in your entryway.

*Fill a large apothecary jar with small faux pumpkins or Halloween themed jelly beans

*Use a small arrangement of pumpkins of varying heights and sizes for your kitchen counter or dining area.

*Outside-add a large pot with seasonal flowers to welcome your buyers.  

 

There’s no need to forget that Halloween is around the corner. All you need to do is to remember to keep it simple!

 

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Kathy Streib
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Nina Hollander one of my clients even had a snowman shower curtain and matching bath towels in their guest room. You can imagine what the rest of the house looked like. 

Barbara Todaro our old neighborhood went all out at Halloween and I loved it BUT not if your home is being sold. Can't wait to see what this Halloween brings. 

Oct 18, 2019 01:55 PM #14
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Sham Reddy CRS sellers need to remember to keep things simple if they want to decorate!

Donald Urschalitz I've seen far too many homes for sale that needed to store their decorations for their new house. 

 

Oct 18, 2019 01:57 PM #15
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Kat Palmiotti Home Depot has those large Halloween characters and I do love them but I have to wonder where people store them. 

Bob Ratliff when buyers are so interested in your decorations that they forget about your space then you have too much. 

 

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Roy Kelley thank you and hope that you and Chef Dolores have a wonderful weekend. 

Wayne Martin great minds think alike. 

Happy Friday to you both Ron and Alexandra Seigel Sellers don't have to pretend that there's no holiday just keep it simple. 

Oct 18, 2019 02:03 PM #17
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Michael Jacobs several years ago the big spiders were the rage. Imagine walking up to a house with spiders everywhere. 

Will Hamm I bet you do!!!!  And, it's a lot easier to take down. 

 

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Brian England we had two haunted houses on our block and the kids loved them. 

Anna Banana Kruchten - Phoenix Homes Sales believe it or not, that was about 1/5 of the decorations in front of the house. 

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Kathy great tips as always.  But here I was thinking I was decoration enough

Oct 18, 2019 02:59 PM #20
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Hi Kathy:

This is particularly timely, and great information for those who are selling during the Halloween season. Some homes really go over the top with their decorations which is not a good thing for selling. Toning it down to get it sold makes sense.

I suspect, though, in this market that buyers will overlook some of the Halloweenery!

Jeff

Oct 18, 2019 05:54 PM #21
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Hi Kathy Streib Such good points and suggestions.  Think about those buyers bringing small children.  Don't want those toddlers crying and hysterical over spiders or webs falling on baby,  or creepy masks staring at them from walls. Homeowner, please save the scary stuff for your local haunted house tour.

Oct 19, 2019 12:02 AM #22
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Morning Kathy.

Frankly, I can't remember when was the last time we decorated for Halloween.  Good points, congrats on the feature

Oct 19, 2019 12:21 AM #23
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Good morning Kathy, thanks for sharing the great tips on marketing your home during Halloween. Have a good weekend!

Oct 19, 2019 05:13 AM #24
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Let us all agree to not scare any buyers away....

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Absolutely fantastic tips to avoid spooking your perspective buyers, Kathy!

BTW, were your ears burning yesterday? Grant and I were saying how much we adore you and he's been fortunate enough to meet you (and he loved it)! 😘 

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Hi Kathy Streib

I have had two clients that decorated during Halloween and Thanksgiving that both were done very tastefully.  The minor decorations added to the charm and homey feel. 

Oct 19, 2019 12:11 PM #27
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The video looks like Richard Yates' Halloween house.

Your pictures, as usual, are beautiful and such good advice . . . you don't have to have a blah home for the holidays, even if it is For Sale.

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Good afternoon Kathy Streib ,

 Congratulations on a well deserved featured post! A home can be tastefully decorated over the holidays when their home is on the market if they follow your suggestions.

Oct 19, 2019 02:35 PM #29
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The KISS principle should be remembered, especially at holidays when too many people go wild!

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Kathy, here's a related article

How to Plan a Halloween-Themed Open House

Oct 20, 2019 01:33 AM #31
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A well deserved and timely Feature post, Kathy! Excellent advice!

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Great post Kathy! Tasteful holiday decor can make a home feel welcoming.

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