Selling Your Home During the Holidays? Tips for How to Decorate

The holiday season is not the most popular time to sell a home, but there are advantages to putting your house on the market during the season. When buyers are looking during the holidays, they tend to be more serious, and there won’t be as many other houses for sale, meaning competition won’t be as fierce.

If you need to sell your home over the holidays, decorations should be kept minimal. You may not be able to decorate like you usually would, but getting into the holiday spirit is still possible. Deck your halls with stylish trimmings to make potential buyers want to unwrap presents next year in your house.

Hire a Reliable Agent

When you need to explore new real estate options and you’re selling your home, you want to find someone who won’t disappear over the holiday season. Ask your family and friends if they know of an agent they can recommend who will be there throughout the season and go above and beyond to get your home sold. Having the right real estate agent will help to ease your stress and give you more time to enjoy the season.

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Don’t Go Overboard

There are many opportunities to use holiday decor to enhance your home’s appeal, but it’s essential to make sure you don’t overdo it with decorations. Clutter should be pared down and removed whenever you’re selling, and you don’t want to fill up the space you clear with excessive decorations that will crowd your home and distract buyers. 

If your home is small, save space with a small Christmas tree. You don’t want it or the presents underneath taking up valuable floor space and making your home look smaller. Keep gaudy heirloom ornaments packed away and have a cohesive theme, such as blue and gold glass balls.

It’s also vital that you don’t cover up important selling features such as fireplace mantels or stairs with stockings or obstruct a beautiful view with stick-on snowflake decals.

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Light on the Exterior

A few touches on the exterior of your home can enhance curb appeal, but outdoor decor should be kept toned down. No inflatable snowmen or reindeer — you may love them, but not everyone will. Draw attention to your home’s architecture or a beautiful tree with simple string lights and welcome visitors with a simple, elegant wreath. 

Keep it Neutral 

Keep the nativity scene in storage this year, as overly religious decorations may be off-putting to some buyers. During any season, staging a home is about keeping things neutral and letting potential buyers see themselves in the space. Even if religious decorations aren’t offensive to others, they can be a big distraction. 

Selling during the holidays may not be ideal, but a few subtle touches like a bowl of pinecones, an evergreen wreath, or a plate of cookies on the counter can create a warm and festive feeling in your home.

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