With the rare exception of this year, when Hanukkah happens to land on Thanksgiving (which, by the way, won’t happen again for another 2,000 years), the day after Thanksgiving is typically the time of year when we pull out our festive décor from the attic and get our homes ready for the holiday season.
If you are planning on selling your home this season, you may be wondering if it is OK to decorate for the holidays. Well the good news is …yes, you can! Here are some tips to help you along the way:
Keep it classic
It may be family tradition to “deck the halls” across every square inch of your house, but, if you are trying to sell your home, it may be better to scale back. When selling a home, it’s important to present it in a way that others can see themselves living in. For this reason, you should focus on seasonal décor rather than, say, religious decorations.
Use the holidays to create warmth in your home. “I think lights and color can warm anyone’s heart,” says Heather Ostrom, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Sun Ridge Real Estate in Roseville, CA. With the right touch, holiday decorations can create an emotional attraction for a buyer to your home. A cold, undecorated home can’t compete with one that has the fireplace roaring, the smell of fresh baked cookies, and elegant, yet festive décor.
Keep it tidy
Of course, there’s always the risk of things looking untidy. Andrea Geller, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Chicago, says she loves holiday decorations, but to a point. “However you decorate, don’t distract prospective buyers from the space,” she advises, explaining that holiday decorations can cause clutter, which could potentially make a room or space look smaller. Some tips to help you stay tidy:
Hide unsightly wires.
Stay away from decorations covered in glitter.
Decorate with intention; try to create a mood.
Keep it in season
One area where you likely won’t want to display holiday decorations: your listing photos. Jessica Edwards, an agent with Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage in Wilmington, N.C., says holiday decorations can unintentionally date a photo, especially if the house is still on the market after New Year’s passes.
Keep it safe
Holiday candles may leave a home smelling and looking beautiful, but, don’t forget, they can also be extremely dangerous. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 42 home candle fires are reported every day, andDecember is the peak time of the year for such fires. So, instead of using candles to add holiday cheer, consider getting flameless alternatives and using lightly scented sprays as safer alternatives.
On behalf of the entire Coldwell Banker network, we wish you a very happy and safe holiday season.
Guest blogger Lindsay Listanski is the social media manager for Coldwell Banker Real Estate, a leader in full service real estate sales.