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HOME for the Holidays – your holiday decorating guide for on-market homes

It’s that time of year, the smell of fresh greenery in the air, chestnuts on the fire and warm cookies in the oven. But if you are listing your home on the market during the holiday season, just how much do you ‘Deck the Halls’?

While you may be weighing your options, do you or don’t you list your home during the holidays, here are a few things to consider.  Competition is slim during the holidays, giving you a competitive advantage. However, listing during December may cary its own set of challenges.

When it comes to displaScreen Shot 2015-12-16 at 5.21.56 PMying your Holiday spirit less is more! It is always better to be understated than overwhelming when it comes to spreading the Christmas cheer around your home. Over the top or tacky decorations could turn many buyers off and make it difficult for them to vision what the home looks like the other 11 months of the year. BUT, you don’t exactly want to be a Scrooge so, Bah-Humbug, what do you do?

Here are a list of tips to consider when decorating your on-market home for the Holidays:

  • Pick a room – it’s best to avoid decorating every room in the house. Most buyers will expect to see the typical Holiday decorations i.e. Christmas tree, stockings etc. and if you do not have those items displayed it could be as detrimental as over decorating. Therefore, it’s best to tastefully decorate the family gathering area with a Christmas tree, stockings and a few additional but subtle Holiday items.
  • 8 lbs 6 oz baby Jesus – While it will be expected to have some religious items woven into your holiday decorations, go over the line..and you could be alienating some buyers, so limit the display of these items to make everyone feel welcome. According to blogger Brendon Desimone, “These suggestions are not meant to insult a seller’s religion or beliefs, but simply to reflect the business aspect of selling a home.” So don’t eliminate the items completely, simply display them tastefully and with consideration of those of other faiths.
  • Keep it under wraps – Be careful when display wrapped packages under the christmas tree, you are after all, inviting strangers into your home when you aren’t home. We suggest keeping any Screen Shot 2015-12-16 at 5.07.05 PMvaluables in a safe location and being cautious about the number of gifts you display beneath your tree. Also, consider keeping breakable ornaments in a safe place or at least on the higher branches of your tree. Many people who will tour your home may have small children, so keep the valuable glass ornaments on the top shelf!
  • The ‘Griswold Effect’ – Again, if it is typical for you to decorate the exterior of your home, by all means, do not disrupt this tradition. However, if you are listing your home for sale, this may not be the year to enter the neighborhood Christmas lights competition. You don’t want a potential buyer to remember your home for the gaudy or distasteful neighborhood display that calls attention to your home for all of the wrong reasons!

The Holiday Season is stressful enough and to compound it with the listing of your home doesn’t have to make you pull your hair out! We hope that you will follow our easy tips and spend more time enjoying the season with the ones you love and leave the home selling to the AR/haus Group this year! HAPPY HOLIDAYS! 

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