Decking the Halls of Your “For Sale” Home
How to decorate without turning off buyers, enticing them, and welcoming them thoughtfully into your home’s open houses and showings. Simple but inviting should be well balanced, as you want potential buyers to imagine themselves celebrating their holiday traditions in a home where you’ve created many memories.
Decorations should be neutral, tasteful, and subtly placed throughout your home. When decorating for your holiday season, keep in mind that personal ornaments, stockings, Christmas cards, and Christmas photos may overwhelm the home, distracting potential buyers from focusing on the unique and purposeful features of the home. Too much thought and family tradition may be too much for buyers.
Consider your neighborhood along with the curbside appeal of your home. Some streets and neighborhoods are known for their holiday light displays and outdoor attractions. You do not want to be the only home not participating, sticking out like a sore thumb or “Scrooge”. Other neighborhoods are known to be much more conservative in expressing celebration of the season. Each homeowner seeking as successful home sale should use their best judgment and discretion of going with the current climate of their location, maintaining the appropriate spirit with an “impersonal” and appropriately attractive display.
If and when you decide to deck the halls, trim the tree, and light up for the season, remember these tips:
Avoid the tacky by stay away from adding the large outdoor decorations and obnoxious displays. Keep the lights to a minimum, indoor and out. Consider skipping the Christmas tree; when displaying your home, you want to emphasize the rooms for all seasons not just the Yuletide.
Keep it SIMPLE, traditional, and classic. Have decorations be appealing to all types of individuals, seasonal yet understated. Avoid the clutter of cards, presents and gifts, wrappings, and excessive trimmings.
Remember that there are multiple senses to pique the interest of potential buyers. Light a fire to create warmth, coziness, and a place of refuge from the elements. Place scents throughout the home that are reminiscent of the season, pine or balsam, baked cookies, cider, and peppermint. Choose colors that evoke the season and celebrations on the season.