Youâ€™ve listed your home a few weeks ago and are now wondering if you should decorate for Christmas or just forgo the decorations? Youâ€™re probably thinking, â€œI just moved all the clutter out of my house; why should I just bring more clutter in with Christmas decorations?â€Â
There are two different schools of thought on this. My personal belief is that having some decorations, like a Christmas tree, adds a festive, homey feel to potential buyers. However, if youâ€™re the type of person who celebrates Christmas by filling every tabletop, window and room with Christmas decorations, you may want to scale it back. Sometimes, buyers can become so involved with looking at the decorations that they tend to overlook the amenities offered your home offers. Â Too many decorations also have the tendency to make rooms feel claustrophobic.Â
In the past, I have shown homes in which every room contains a Christmas tree. This approach works only if the rooms are large and spacious. Otherwise, the rooms appear small and cluttered and are unappealing to potential buyers. Decorations should always complement the rooms, accentuating their good qualities. Indoor lights are beautiful, but you should also let your home â€œsparkleâ€ during the day with natural light.Â
Not an outdoor Christmas light person? I understand. But, they really do make a difference for those late afternoon/early evening showings when darkness is just settling in. Outdoor lights give the house a sense of warmth and light the way to the front door. That Christmas wreath with a big bow on the front door brings to mind a bow and ribbon around a present, just asking to be opened.
Â Decorations help buyers visualize holiday dinners, entertaining guests and memorable family times. The holiday season is such a special time of year and decorations give you the opportunity to make your home special for potential buyers