Holiday Decorating – Yay or Nay?
Decorating for holidays is a tradition for many families; with Halloween and Christmas being the two most prominent. When it comes to selling your home, we often coach people to de-clutter and de-personalize their house so that when potential buyers walk through their home they are looking at more of a “blank canvas with potential”. Having too much stuff and personal family photos around the house can make it hard for buyers to envision their own family in the home. So where does that leave sellers when their house is on the market over the holidays? There is a very fine balance.
Based on the time of year, we will focus on Christmas specifically.
Christmas Tree – Yay or Nay?
Yay – providing your keep it simple and the size is not so overwhelming that it is detracting from the size and space of the room. A simple Christmas tree (ideally artificial so you don’t have pine needles to sweep up before each showing), can add to the warmth and coziness of the home. If the buyer walking through the home also celebrates Christmas, it may even help them envision their own family celebrating family traditions in that space in the future.
Garland – Yay or Nay?
Depends – Having a nice visual over a fireplace can really add charm. Wrapping your railings with bright garland that doesn’t allow use of the hand rail isn’t such a great idea. Foyers and staircases are often the first thing you see when you walk into a home. Keep the space open and free of visual distractions to give the impression of space. Handrails especially need to be kept clear – your potential buyer might need the use of the handrail for support to go up and down your staircase.
Dining room table staging – Yay or Nay?
Yay - Many homes are staged so that the dining room is set to host a formal dinner. If your home has a dining room, use this to your advantage and have the table set to demonstrate the potential for hosting family and friends over the holidays. Most dining rooms are only used a few times a year, so if you’re selling your home over the holidays, play it up – but don’t overdo it. Again, keep it simple with a nice place setting and a centrepiece but don’t make it so busy that buyers can only focus on the table and not see the “room” in its entirety.
Outdoor holiday lights – Yay or Nay?
Yay – providing you keep it simple. Make sure electrical cords are not a tripping hazard or an eyesore for showings that happen during the daytime. I wouldn’t recommend decorating the lawn to look like the North Pole, but there is nothing wrong with some outdoor holiday lights to create some holiday curb appeal.
Holiday themed knick-knacks - Yay or Nay?
Nay. I suggest keeping these packed up for this year. There is a fine line between placing 2 or 3 holiday items around the home and going crazy with all the Christmas artifacts you have collected over the years. Keep this to a minimum. This is especially hard as we get very sentimental over the holidays. For some people, Christmas just won’t feel the same without the dancing Santa Claus statue and the Frosty the Snowman soap dispenser with matching towels in the bathroom. I know it is tough, but really do try to keep focused on selling your home and appealing to all buyers. Just imagine how great it will be to decorate next holiday season in your new home.