There’s no reason to halt your holiday decorating simply because your home is on the market. You can still celebrate the season–no matter what the holiday–while keeping your home appealing to potential buyers. Here’s how.
1. Nix the excess clutter. If your house is already full of…stuff, then excess decorations are only going to make the buyer’s head spin. A good rule of thumb, no matter what time of year you’re selling, is to give the house a good cleaning and decluttering.
2. Pay attention to proportions. From Christmas trees to American flags and everything in between–proportions are important. The last thing you want is a piece of decor so big it distracts buyers from focusing on what’s really important: the home’s best features. It’s okay to be festive but do so in a tasteful way that still honors the value of your home.
3. Appeal to their sense of smell. It seems like each season or holiday has a signature scent. Candles can be nice but overpowering, so be selective in your choices. Essential oils may be a better option and several companies offer blends ideal for fall and winter holidays. Fresh cut flowers are a perfect fragrant choice if you’re selling in the warmer months. Selling in the fall or winter? Cookies in the oven, a basket of spice-scented pinecones, a fresh wreath, and cinnamon sticks simmering on the stove, are a handful of ways to keep the smell subtle and natural.
4. Showcase the best features. Showcase the best selling points of your home by accentuating them with your decorations. If you have an impressive staircase in the entryway, a beautiful archway, a decorative front door, or a gorgeous fireplace and mantle, be sure to decorate in a way that will draw the eye. Remember–you don’t want to over-decorate the feature to where it takes away from its beauty. Keep it simple and tasteful, with a less-is-more mentality.
5. Coordinate with the rest of the decor. When decorating, be sure to maintain a color-coordinated design scheme. The goal is to appeal to a variety of buyers. Instead of clashing with the other colors in your room, find holiday decorations that will help you achieve a harmonious look. With the abundance of decorations available at our fingertips, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find something that blends in with what you currently have.