The holidays are quickly approaching, and contrary to popular belief, this is still a popular time to purchase a home. Indeed, many buyers are under additional pressure to close quickly at this time of year. Holiday home buyers are frequently looking to start a new job or secure financing before the end of the year for tax purposes. Others may have been waiting for a change in mortgage rates that did not occur over the summer, while the rest may simply want to move in before the cold weather arrives.

You don’t have to wait until the warmer months to list your home for whatever reason. However, if you do decide to sell during the holidays, there are a few rules to follow, particularly when it comes to one of the best parts of the season: decorations. Let’s look at the reasons why decorating your home when selling during the holidays can help it sell and some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind this holiday season when your home is on the market:

Why You Should Decorate when Selling During the Holidays

Decorated Homes are More Appealing

If your home is well decorated when selling during the holidays, without going too far, it will be more appealing to home buyers. There is something magical about festive decorations for children, and sometimes for adults as well.

A home that is decorated will be more inviting and will make buyers more likely to want to look around. Since the home is more appealing, there should be a greater chance that you receive offers.

Imagining Living in Your Home

Homebuyers want to imagine themselves living in your home, and a beautifully decorated home for the holidays looks very inviting. It will be cozier and seem like a nicer place to live. They should also be able to easily imagine their family and friends enjoying festivities in the home.

Decorating when selling during the holidays, isn’t going to be as easy as most other years. But if you keep it simpler than you usually would, it should be less difficult. Try to coordinate the decorations with the look of the home without doing too much.

You should also make sure your home is decluttered when decorating for the holidays. This will further make it easier for buyers to see themselves living in the home.

Decluttering is something you should do at whatever time of the year you are selling your home. It will make the home look better when it’s photographed for the property listings, and look tidier for showings. Since you are going to have to pack everything up for your move, you will need to deal with all the stuff in your home anyway. Decluttering your home and getting rid of things you no longer need, will make packing easier as well.

Decorations are Expected

If you don’t bother with decorations because you are preparing to move, it could give a negative impression to potential buyers.

Buyers will expect homes they tour during the holidays to have decorations, and other properties they see will have them. If your home isn’t decorated, buyers may not like your home as much compared to the other homes they have seen.

And if every other home on the street is decorated, your home will not only look out of place, it may appear strange to buyers. You never want your home to look dull compared to your neighbors when selling.

If you don’t have a tradition of decorating your house in your family, either for religious or other reasons, check with your Realtor for their advice on what you should do.

Finding a Connection

If your festive decorations enhance your home, a buyer could find a personal connection to your home. This will increase the chances of them making an offer. Emotional connections can actually be as important as the features or the layout of the home to help you find a buyer.

Do's and Don'ts of Decorating Your Home for the Holidays When it is on the Market

• Do complete a deep cleaning of your home before decorating and make sure to dust off and clean your decorations as well.
• Do keep your home elegant when decorating it for the holidays is to stick to a neutral color palette
• Do use warm scents like cinnamon, peppermint, pumpkin, pine, and apple to make your home feel more cozy.


• Don’t overdo it; your house will look cluttered and smaller
• Don’t use large and gaudy decorations or put up a Christmas tree that will make your space feel smaller.
• Don’t put out decorations with specific religious themes so not to detract buyers of other religions.

Bottom Line

Decorations can make buyers more attracted to the idea of living in your home, making buying the home a more appealing prospect. If you don’t have festive decor, your home will look out of place compared to your neighbors and the other homes buyers have been looking at. So make sure to keep this in mind when selling a home during the holidays.

Decorating your home when you are selling during the holidays will ultimately improve how easy your home is to sell. There are top ways staging your home can attract buyers, make a connection, and it might even cheer you up at the same time.


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