Holiday Decorating When You’re Selling Your Home

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

Do people sell their Door County properties during the holidays?  Absolutely they do!  But if you're on market during December/January, how do you decorate for the holiday so people can still see the main focal features of your fabulous Door County property?  Kathy is a professional stager and provides some great tips on what to do (and not do) if you're selling your home this holiday season.  If you need advice on buying or selling this holiday season, please contact me today.  

Sister Bay Homes for the Holidays


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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 Thank you for reading!  MaryKay Shumway, ABR®, CRS®, Realtor® loves to laugh and enjoys working with people that love the Door Peninsula.  She is a full-time real estate Broker, mother of two and a senior Broker Associate at the Kellstrom-Ray Agency, Inc. in beautiful Sister Bay, Wisconsin.  She represents listings throughout the Door County Peninsula and also represents many Buyers that want to purchase the perfect property to make Door County a part of their lives.  CONTACT MARYKAY ABOUT YOUR DOOR COUNTY PROPERTY QUESTIONS TODAY.


MaryKay Shumway has an extremely consistent multi-million dollar producer for over seventeen years.  Representing both listing clients and buyer clients full time, MaryKay is also a mother of two and active in the Door County community in the local school district, nonprofit groups and governmental affairs.  A member of the Door County Board of Realtors Honors Society from 2005-2020, the Door County Realtor of the Year 2008, a member of The Real Estate Group's Chairman's Circle in 2010-2015, and an member of the Coldwell Banker International Diamond Society for 2014 & 15.  She has served as President and Vice President of the Door County Board of Realtors  and as a member of its Advocacy Committee.  MaryKay is a top MLS producer and has held the position of top producer at The Kellstrom-Ray Agency, Inc. since 2016.


Contact MaryKay.  "As a multi-million dollar producer and senior associate at The Kellstrom-Ray Agency selling Door County real estate, I focus my balance on both  featured listings and representing Buyer Clients looking for the perfect Door County Property.  I turn Door County vacations into Door County traditions by helping you own your own Door County real estate, and I represent exceptional properties in all price points on the Bay of Green Bay, Lake Michigan, and all inland lakes and properties in between. Local experience with GLOBAL connections.  Call, text or e-mail me today."

Comments (3)

Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker
Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.
Nov 30, 2022 04:40 AM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Right on MaryKay and Kathy Streib with a very well written article with illustrations. Thank you. Jeff

Nov 30, 2022 07:46 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi MaryKay- thank you for reblogging my post!

Dec 03, 2022 02:41 PM