If there's one question I've been asked most this month, it has definitely been "should we decorate for Christmas while our house is on the market?" My answer is a resounding, "Yes, but..."
Add a Few Holiday Touches
The less-is-more mantra of home staging may tempt you to forgo holiday cheer this year. But a few subtle touches like a pinecone centerpiece, an evergreen wreath or a pot of cider simmering on the stove can create a warm and festive feeling in your home.
Complement Your Palette
Before you start untangling your tinsel, make sure your holiday collection matches your current decor. If your living room has a clean, all-white color scheme, skip the clashing red garland and opt for a white tree, white candles and silver glass ornaments. If you've got an earthy color scheme, accent with rich tones like cranberries, forest greens and gold.
Accentuate Positive Features
Too many trimmings may distract buyers, but the right accessories can draw attention to your home's best features. Try hanging a few tasteful ornaments from your mantel to highlight an elegant fireplace, or dangling mistletoe in an arched doorway.
Go Light on Lights
Leave the giant inflatable snowman in storage this year. One man's "merry" is another man's "tacky," so tone down any garish light displays while your home is on the market. (No, your neighbors didn't pay me to say that.) Instead, use simple string lighting to play up your home's architecture or draw attention to the gorgeous fir tree in your front yard.
"The Weather Outside is Frightful, But the Fire is so Delightful"
Chilly weather presents the perfect opportunity to create an inviting environment for potential homebuyers. Buyers will be grateful for a place to escape from the cold, so before showings, turn the thermostat up a couple of degrees to make it extra toasty, or light a fire in the fireplace for an extra homey touch. Just remember, when you encourage buyers to spend more time in your home, you also give them more time to admire its best features.
Share Some Christmas Cheer
Finally, serving food and drinks is another great way to get buyers to stick around and check out your home. Leave out a plate of Christmas baking and some hot chocolate.
And, of course, an experienced Realtor® will help give you advice as you prep for the sale of your home.
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