Holiday Decorating When You’re Selling Your Home

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty 277320

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Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP

Original content by Kathy Streib

Holiday Decorating When You’re Selling Your Home


Thanksgiving was last week, so the holidays are right around the corner. Many have already decorated their Christmas tree and hung their outdoor lights. 

This is one of my favorite times of the year; nothing makes it more festive than holiday decorations. 

Many sellers ask if they can still decorate their house for the holidays…and the simple answer is YES.



Just remember the basic principles of styling your home for sale…

  1. Let the buyers SEE your space
  2. Allow the buyers to feel and see themselves living in the house. 

Tips for Decorating Your Home for the Holidays When Selling Your House


-Keep It Simple 

You don’t want to distract your buyers with so many festive decorations that they can’t see the features of your home. 

If your tradition is to put out your 100+ piece Dicken’s Village, consider 3 unique pieces to display instead.

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-Don’t let your decorations block the key features of your house.

For example, the fireplace is one of our favorite areas to decorate, especially for the holidays. However...your buyers are not there to judge your decorating skills...they need to be able to see the fireplace!


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-The Tree

Nothing is more festive than a beautifully decorated tree. However, if yours will block the window that looks out on your patio, or block a pathway across the room...consider a smaller tree. 

You don’t want your tree to overwhelm everything else in the room. You also don’t want it to block the natural light that enters through a window!

-Don’t overwhelm your buyers with holiday scents.

Personally, I love the holiday scents...nutmeg, cinnamon, pine, and gingerbread. But, some buyers may be allergic to these. Keep it simple and fresh!


-Be safe with flameless candles

Never leave lit candles when you leave your home. You can still set the mood with flameless candles.



-Color still matters!

We usually think of the colors of Christmas as red and green (or blue and white or silver for Hanukkah)  However if you’re like me, too much red, for example, would clash in my home. Think of alternatives…white poinsettias instead of the traditional red ones, for example. 


-Curb appeal Matters

It’s the first thing that will catch your buyer’s eye so save the big blow-ups for your new home. Deflated during the day, they look as if someone left trash all over the yard. And even if they are fully inflated all day, how can your buyers see your home?



Don’t forget the impact of a single wreath on your front door. 



-Hide your presents!

It goes without saying but any time that your house is on the market, you’ll want to hide any valuables and for the holidays, that includes your holiday gifts!


Selling your house during the holidays doesn’t mean you have to turn into the Grinch Who Stole Christmas. 


KEEP IT SIMPLE to get your house sold!


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Comments (3)

Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post!  Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day!

Nov 29, 2022 07:10 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Great info! Yes the blow ups might not be a great idea for sellers lol

Nov 29, 2022 08:26 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Joe Jackson this is a tricky time of the year for selling a house.  You want to still enjoy what you have done in the past, but not distract from Buyers seeing the house.  It can be a challenge.

Nov 29, 2022 01:55 PM