As we are approaching the holiday season, you may be wondering how to handle staging your home for sale during this time. Some schools of thought counsel against displaying holiday decorations as they may be too distracting for the buyer, while others encourage the use of holiday décor to inspire holiday cheer and goodwill. We advise navigating a middle-of-the-road approach between these two ideas.
When it comes to prepping the exterior of your home for sale during the holiday season, curb appeal is still very important. So be sure your windows are sparkling clean, your driveway and front walkway have been power-washed, and your landscaping is as neat as a pin. With regard to holiday décor on the exterior of your home, be sure to take into consideration what your neighbors are doing during this time. Does your neighborhood generally decorate to the nines for holidays, or do HOA rules discourage such decoration? Follow those guidelines first and foremost, but if your neighbors are celebrating the holidays with decorations, definitely join in the fun. Be sure to choose tasteful decorations; wreaths for the front door or front gate are always appropriate, as are colored ribbons decorating planters containing seasonal plants. Perhaps forego the giant inflatable turkey or gingerbread man this year, however.
As for the interior, you don’t need to be channeling the Grinch or Ebenezer Scrooge here either. If you like to enjoy some holiday decorations, by all means carry on as usual. However, be sure you are still showcasing your home’s features that will appeal to buyers. Overcrowding corners and entryways with holiday décor will prevent the buyers from seeing what your home has to offer. Therefore, consider paring down the decorations to your favorites, which will still set a holiday mood for you to enjoy between showings, and will accent all your home has to offer.
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