With Christmas right around the corner, some people postpone putting their house on the market, due to worrying about Christmas decorations. However, there are a few things you can do as a homeowner to celebrate this “most wonderful time of the year”, while also staging your home to perfection.
1. Don’t go overboard with the decorations. Some decorations are fine, but don’t overdo it. You want potential buyers to see your home, not your Santa Clause figurine collection.
2. Avoid religious decorations. You want people to feel comfortable when they enter your home, and some people may be offended by religious decor. We don’t want to turn off buyers with an overabundance of manger scenes.
3. Add decorations that will blend with your current decor. Decorating in the same color family that your home is normally decorated in will be more visually appealing to potential buyers.
4. Watch out for the size of your tree. Whether you buy a real live tree every year, or put up an artificial tree each year, one thing to remember is to make sure the tree fits in the room correctly. Using a giant seven foot tree can be a great way to accentuate a tall great room. However, you don’t want the base of the tree to take up half of the room. If you have a den that is on the smaller side, a good suggestion would be to use a smaller tree, or a tree that isn’t as full.
5. Outdoor decorating is important too. On one hand, you don’t want to be the only person on your street without decorations or lights; however, looking like Clark Griswald decorated your house can be a big turn off for some home buyers because they can’t envision the house as theirs, they can only visualize the outrageous decorations.
Hopefully these five tips will help you if you decide to list your home during the holidays and to ease your mind that decorating while on the market can be done, and in some cases, can be even easier than your normal decorating.