Tuesday, November 29, 2011

How to Decorate for the Holidays While Your Home Is on the Market

Homes on the market face stiff competition these days. Make sure to decorate for this time of year in a way that celebrates the holidays but doesn't hurt your chances with buyers:

  • Remove furniture to accommodate the Christmas tree.

  • Use a select few decorations. Less is more.

  • Decorate only the main living area of the home.

  • Check out upscale stores and mirror their approach to decorating.

  • Keep your eye on the ball: make sure buyers look at the house, not your decorations.

  • Keep presents out of sight and well-hidden. Wrap empty boxes for effect.

  • Remember that not everyone celebrates in the same way. Keep strong themes to a minimum.

  • Use white lights rather than multi-colored. No flashing lights.

  • Decorate the outside, too. Curb appeal is important. Don't be a black lot on your street while other homes are well-lit.

It is possible to celebrate the holidays while a home is on the market, but a change in approach might be necessary for this one year. Decorate appropriately and toast in the New Year with a contract for sale!

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