Decorate or not?

Real Estate Agent with Atlanta Communities 303302

This time of year everyone is busy climbing in and out of storage areas, looking for all the seasonal decorations that end up scattered all over the inside of their homes, as well as outside, with lights wrapped around trees and bushes in the yard, and wreaths on every door and window. Looks nice, right? Well, what if you are getting ready to list your home during this holiday season? Do you decorate or not?

Well, I have two schools of thought. The first is that pictures of the home should not give a viewer an indication of when the home hit the market. We really don't want a potential buyer in June looking at snow covered yards and Holiday decorations. This screams, "Hey, buy my house please! It's been on the market too long and I am desperate!!"

On the other hand, I tell sellers that the house is still their home, and they still get to live in it while it is for sale. So I encourage them not to sterilize it too much by removing everything they love from the house. So, during holidays, I am OK with some pictures with decorations, as long as these pictures are switched out after the holidays are over. I know that I will switch out Winter photos for Spring if the listing carries over into a new season.

It might be a bit more time consuming for me as the listing agent, but it is much nicer for the family living in the home. I think the extra effort is worth it and so do my clients.

Posted by

Peter den Boer, Associate Broker, Realtor

Atlanta Communities Real estate Brokerage


Ph. 770.713.1545


I write about daily life as a Realtor in the Towne Lake Community in Woodstock Georgia.

Comments (4)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Peter den Boer - a little trade off is a good thing.  Some tastefully docorated homes look better.

Dec 05, 2019 07:01 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Peter - a spirited debate can definitely take place when decorating of any kind is discussed.    Is less better?  How about the arguments for more...more...and still more...?  

Dec 07, 2019 06:58 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Exactly....the Sellers still live there...tasteful decoration is attractive.

Dec 13, 2019 04:35 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

It is always best to sell the home before the season changes.

Have an outstanding December.

Dec 13, 2019 06:50 AM