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How your listing can benefit from Christmas decorations:

Having a home for sale over the Christmas season can be challenging for both the vendor and the agents involved. Schedules are busier, there are more social get-togethers and other stressors such as financial demands are running high. Many people bring out lots of decorations they have collected over years or even generations. This means boxes come out of storage and that clutter-free minimalist or elegant look that we worked so hard to achieve in our vendor’s home starts to disappear.
Not everyone celebrates Christmas but the majority of buyers expect to see some Christmas decorations in homes they are viewing.
‘Tis the season but be careful that the attention is not overwhelmingly on the seasonal items. The rules we follow for preparing to sell during other times of the year apply to the holiday season as well. Keep everything to scale – in small homes and condos use less. Every room does not have to have Christmas decorations. In large homes with suitable spots for large trees (such as oversized foyers or rooms with cathedral ceilings and expansive windows) a grand designer-style tree is ideal.
This is definitely the year to only put out the “good stuff”. That means broken decorations, discoloured items or tacky ones should stay in storage until next year.
If you add several items to a room, remove existing pieces. Don’t let a tree or a large Santa block the flow of a room or a doorway.
Be sure bins and boxes are put neatly away in the storage locker or in the basement. Don’t let wrapping paper and ribbons get too messy. Keep it under control by using less and tidying up immediately after use. Vendors still need to be ready for showings.
The holiday season is a very sentimental time for many. You can benefit from these sentiments by creating a warm glowing seasonal environment that prospective buyers will want. Think Christmas card cosy, not a hoarder’s TV Christmas special. When a house is for sale, less really is more even at Christmas.
Things to avoid:
1. Too many outdoor lights.
2. Too many interior decorations.
3. Outdoor inflatable characters.
4. Too many Christmas presents.
So deck the halls…but in moderation. You’ll help prospective buyers envision themselves in the home in a most positive light.
By Patricia Kelly-Ruiz