Should You Decorate for Christmas if Your Home is for Sale?

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 at 11:26am.

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It’s that time of year when everyone is decorating their home and gift shopping for loved ones. For those selling their homes this time of year, this poses a new challenge because you are trying to clean, pack and show your home. For those buying, you may not want to go into a home where someone is clearly still living with gift wrap, Christmas decorations and a mess.

Along with decorating for the holidays and purchasing gifts, many don’t want to put away photos and treasured items during this time of year but may feel it necessary with people viewing the home. Here are some things to keep in mind for those considering decorating the home they are selling.

Religious Conflict

You may be celebrating the Christian holiday of Christmas but not all homebuyers are going to be Christian. Putting up nativity scenes could offend potential buyers of a different faith. Make sure you are only putting up items that are general to Christmas, like a tree or some lights. Keeping it simple is better because buyers want to picture their own Christmas decorations in the home they are looking at.

Less is more

The real estate market uses the philosophy that less is more. Along with avoiding bright paint colors or loud, large art, it’s a good idea to keep holiday decorations simple as well. Neutral and simple is always better so that buyers can visualize themselves living in your home.

Commercial Decorations

Again, consider keeping your decorations commercial rather than religious. If you do want some decorations up, make sure you keep it to things that won’t offend anyone. A Christmas tree, stockings and lights are acceptable and shouldn’t offend non-Christian buyers. Anything further should be sure to be non-religious.

If you want to decorate your home this holiday season, especially for families with children, be sure to keep it simple and non-offensive to potential buyers.

Kris Lindahl
Kris Lindahl Real Estate
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