I am going to start this whole blogging thing on a festive note- Decorating your home for the Holidays while it's listed for sale. There are different schools of thought, but here is my professional opinion-practice minimalism. Can you decorate for the Holidays…absolutely, but there are a few common sense rules!
-No decorations for professional photos, if at all possible! No one wants to see a home still listed in March with a Christmas tree in a photo- that is the telltale sign of how long a home has been on the market. Not a good thing! Now, the house very well could sell before the Holiday season is over or new interior photos can be taken when the decorations come down, but doesn’t it make sense to get it right the first time? I think so!
-Once the home is photographed and you do decorate, keep it classy. If you are usually a decorator that could go up against Clark Griswold’s lighting masterpieces, scale it back. A wreath on the door, a tree (or two) in the home and some simple lights would be perfect! While decorations can give a home a cozy and festive feeling, too many decorations can be distracting to some buyers. (See photo above, ouch!)
-Finally, take the decorations down in a timely fashion. By timely fashion, I am talking about no later than a few days into January! This is a must!
Now please don’t think I am a Grinch during the Holiday Season, I love decorations as much as the next gal! BUT- the last thing any seller wants to do is to turn off a prospective buyer because of decorations that are only up for a few weeks!