The holidays are fun! But when you’re selling your home, how much holiday decor is too much? And what effect does it have on your sale?
Around Halloween we all love to put out our carved pumpkins, cute scarecrows and fall decor. At Christmas, we deck the halls with lights and garland and all kinds of holiday cheer! So where do we draw the line? That’s where we come to discuss staging your home around the holidays.
HOLIDAY THEMED PHOTOS
If you have your Christmas lights or your tree up in your home’s marketing photos, or a pumpkin on the front porch, then your home’s listing automatically becomes dated. People can immediately tell how long your house has been for sale (“Wow, this house has been for sale since Halloween? I wonder what’s wrong with it.”).
It also makes it hard for people to get a sense of what your home looks like when it’s not a holiday. So try to keep your listing photos neutral.
If you know in advance that you’re going to be selling around the holidays, perhaps we can do your marketing photos earlier in the season. Or, plan to remove the decor on the day photos & video are being taken!
A neutrally decorated home (like this:) makes it easy for people to imagine their own belongings in the space if they were the buy the house.
KEEP IT SIMPLE!
I understand you still have to live in your home and if the holidays mean a lot to your family, I’m not going to tell you that you can’t have a bit of decor to celebrate with! But make an effort to keep it toned down.
Not everyone that comes through your home around Christmas will share your affinity for kitzchy ceramic Santas or garlands of scented pine needles stretched across every surface. Sometimes we have to consider what a potential buyer will see and think if our house is cluttered with too much stuff.
So keep it clean, make sure they’re able to see your home’s features beyond all of the “stuff” you put out.
So enjoy your holidays! But while your home is for sale, just take it down a notch. Remember your house is a product you are selling and needs to be presented as such. You can set everything up again and go full-out next year after your home is sold!