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by Jessica Crawford

Home sales tend to dip a little bit during the holiday season. People are busy cooking turkeys, wrapping gifts and attending family gatherings. That’s not to say, however, that people don’t buy and sell homes in late fall or early winter. So the big question is, how do you handle Christmas decorations and putting your home on the market?

Keep it Simple

Your home is still yours to enjoy while you’re living there, and your first instinct might be to not put up a tree or to keep the wreath off the door and stockings removed from the fireplace. Decorating for the holidays though, makes your house feel homier. It can allow the buyer to visualize themselves enjoying holidays with their own families someday in the home.

So decorate, but keep it simple. Put up your tree and stockings. Hang the wreath on your front door, but maybe limit the number of snowman figurines you put on shelves and keep the reindeer collection you always put up in the kitchen to a minimum. You want to make it still feel like your home and all the joys the holidays can bring, without making everything feel cluttered.

Shorten the Length of Decorating Season

If you always put your tree up in November and leave it up well into January, when you put your home on the market you may want to shorten that time frame. Instead, have your photos and video taken before you decorate, and postpone decorating until a couple weeks before Christmas. Or take your tree down while watching football on New Year’s Day.

Schedule Video and Photos Strategically

Maybe you put your lights up early while the weather is still bearable, or you hang those wreaths while cleaning out your gutters. Whatever your decorating timeline is, you may want to schedule your videos and photo accordingly. You can do the exterior in the fall, before the first snow starts flying, and follow up with the interiors if you’re not quite ready for them yet. If you do have decorations up in the video and photos, know that your real estate agent may want to do a partial or full re-shoot at a different date, especially if the home is on the market longer than 30 days, to make the photos more timely and less dated.

Don’t forget to enjoy the holiday season. Just because you’re preparing to move, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t sit back with a glass of eggnog and watch the crackling fire, even if that fireplace is one you’re watching on repeat on YouTube.

Jessica Crawford
About Jessica Crawford
Jessica has a Bachelor's of Science in Journalism and enjoys writing in her free time. She has worked in the scheduling department for Wow Video Tours since 2016.
To Decorate or Not to Decorate? Selling Your Home at the Holidays