Holiday Decorations and Home Showings

Many of us enjoy decorating our homes—both inside and outside—during the holiday season. Should that change when your home is for sale? The most important thing to remember when adding holiday decorations to a home that is on the market is that you want your home to be as appealing as possible to the highest number of prospective buyers. For that reason, it is generally best to keep your holiday decorations tasteful and to a minimum. An overload of décor can seem tacky and distracting. If you follow these general tips, you can decorate without turning away prospective buyers.

  • Watch for clutter. Your real estate agent probably advised you to keep home clutter to a minimum during home showings. Be cautious of introducing clutter again through holiday knickknacks and decorations. Try to incorporate holiday décor in a way that complements the existing style of the room.
  • Keep gifts hidden. While you might enjoy setting out wrapped packages far in advance of the holiday, keep gifts put away during home showings. The goal of a showing is for the buyer to picture his or her family living in your space, and it is easier to do so when there are no distractions.
  • Don’t overcrowd a space. If you set out large items, such as a tree with lights, consider removing pieces of furniture in that room so the space does not become overcrowded. Remember that as buyers walk through your home, a room that feels cramped or hard to navigate can be a turn-off.
  • Do not take away from your home’s best features. If you clutter a beautiful brick fireplace or block a window view overlooking a lake with cling decals, you are preventing buyers from appreciating your home’s most appealing selling features. Before you set out a decoration, ask yourself if you could potentially be sacrificing a major selling point. If the answer is yes, it might be best to keep that particular decoration packed away until next year.
  • Keep outdoor decorations to a minimum. Neutral décor, such as a winter wreath or battery-operated candles in windows, gives your home a warm, inviting look without being overdone.

Have questions about selling your home this holiday season? Give the O’Reilly Team a call today! We are happy to speak with you.