admin | Dec. 14, 2017
By Lisa Gordon
Selling your home with the holidays on deck means you may need a crash course in how to decorate your home for the holidays without turning off buyers.
Unless you’re a total Scrooge, it’s hard to argue with the fact that glitter lights and colorful accents make a home look more cheerful and inviting. But you also probably know that if you’re trying to sell your home, buyers need to have an easy time imagining themselves (and their own holiday traditions) in your home.
You don’t have to ditch the holiday decorations altogether. But you shouldn’t hang all the boughs of holly, Christmas lights, Hanukkah menorahs, and every holiday card you receive, either.
So how do you walk the line during these merry months and let the holiday spirit flow without turning off buyers? Hey, we’ve got some tips—an early gift from us to you!
“It’s important the design appeals to as many different home buyers and tastes as possible,” says Erika Dalager, marketing manager at roOomy, a virtual home staging site. “The seller’s personal life should not be prominently featured throughout the home.”
That means avoiding the personal decorations that appeal mostly to you and your family:
Less is definitely more when it comes to holiday decorations while selling your home!
If your whole neighbourhood gets in the spirit, you don’t want to look like a Grinch.
But if your neighbourhood is ablaze with holidays lights, which herald the block’s values and attract like-minded buyers, then you don’t want to be your block’s resident Grinch, says Tori Toth, a New York City home stager.
“If your neighbourhood is festive during Christmas, then a buyer would expect Christmas decorations at your home,” Toth says. “On the other hand, if you live in a politically correct neighbourhood with a mix of religious beliefs, use more generic decorations to promote season’s greetings rather than your specific holiday.”
Some real estate pros, however, say you should forgo the decorations regardless of what your neighbours are doing as it can pose more risk than reward.
In the end, the most important holiday decision you’ll make is whether to keep your home on the market during Yuletide – you’ll have fewer house hunters, but more motivated buyers. Ask your Realtor whether you should consider delisting your home for the holiday season, and starting fresh after the New Year.