The holidays are here! That means it’s time to unroll the tangle of twinkle lights in the garage, set up the tree or menorah, and give your home a dose of holiday cheer. However, if your home is currently on the market or you’re planning to list in the next couple weeks, you might be hesitating. Do holiday decorations yield higher home sale prices? Or would you be better off skipping the festivities this year and sticking to clean, fuss-free staging?
We’ve sold millions of dollars in Long Island real estate over the years, including many properties during the holidays. If you’re thinking about listing your home, don’t worry about missing out on the fun and joy of the season. When done right, holiday decorations can actually help your home sale! Most buyers who are shopping during this time of year expect to see decorated homes. Though it’s important to use these tips to strike the right balance so your home appears warm and inviting rather than cluttered and chaotic.
Less is More
Think simple when it comes to holiday decorations. Tasteful strands of white outdoor lights around the eaves and trim of your home. A classic wreath on the door. A tree done with monochromatic ornaments. A single menorah near the window. Focus on giving your home little touches of holiday cheer and keep most of your decorations packed away for next year.
Use Décor to Showcase Your Home’s Standout Features
If you have a beautiful staircase, a simple garland along the bannister can help draw attention to it. Have a generous living room or great room with high ceilings? Keep your tree proportional to the space to show off the height in the room! If your home is older and has a classic mantle, a row of matching stockings or some holly can help evoke a sense of nostalgia and allow the buyer to imagine celebrate the holidays here with their own family.
Avoid Stifling Your Home With Decorations
Above all, you want to make sure your décor is accentuating, rather than blocking your home’s key features. A tree near the window can block the light, making your home appear darker than it is. Too many decorations can be just as distracting as decorations that blink, light up, move, or make sounds. Holiday cards and personal family ornaments can make it hard for buyers to see past them to the gorgeous home underneath.
Staging a home is proven to yield a high ROI at resale. It helps buyers connect emotionally with a home and imagine themselves living there. With the right approach, your holiday décor can provide that extra special touch to make a buyer fall in love and write an offer.
Want to sell your Long Island home? Work with an expert team who knows how to get a home sold quickly and at a great price, no matter the time of year. Give us a call to work with the Pesce-Lanzillotta Team and see how our experience will benefit you!