SHOULD YOU DECORATE YOUR HOUSE IF IT'S ON THE MARKET?
No, but really. It is a fantastic question to ask, especially if you have decided to list your house for sale during the holiday season.
I was thinking about this earlier this afternoon, as I was sorting through the seemingly endless supply of broken lights, deflated Santa Claus, and the tangled mess that comes with the territory of every box of holiday decorations that only come out once a year. I thought, would it be worth decorating my house if it were listed on the market today? Then, as any great researcher would do, I started asking myself other questions. And after a bottle of Jameson had been emptied, and none of the Christmas decorations had been put on the house (sorry honey) I formulated a list of questions, and started digging.
So I did some research, per usual, looked at the numbers, and decided to survey some of the finest Realtors in the state, and ask them what their thoughts were, as well as including some of my personal experience with past clients. And so below are 5 pros/cons, as well as some tips for decorating your house when listed during the holidays.
1. Best House in the Neighborhood
Decorations can bring out the beauty of the home, and make it more presentable in the neighborhood. Especially if your house is the best lit in the neighborhood. Just don't go National Lampoons on the lights.
2. Cozy Vibe
A few subtle touches on the inside could create that perfect "Welcome Home" atmosphere that buyers tend to look for. Try filling a bowl full of fresh pinecones, or have a beautiful tree in the corner of the living room. Don't forget to simmer some mulled cider during open houses!
3. The Spirit of the Holidays
Now this one could also be a Con, but in this case making a connection, such as a religious, or spiritual connection could be beneficial. I have personally had Clients who wanted to place an offer on a house because there were religious artifacts throughout the house.
4. Makes for Better Staging
This goes without needing any explanation.
5. It is Your House
Yes it is on the market, but if you're living in it then decorate it. Just go easy on the decorations, and maintain the cleanliness, it doesn't need to look like Martha Stewart is on her way to film another one of her Christmas cooking shows.
1. It's a Distraction
Maybe that Santa trapped in the fireplace, and the reindeer on the roof, and the baby Jesus in the manger was a bit much.
2. The Spirit of the Holidays
Yes, I know I said it was a pro, but it is also a con. Not everyone is religious, and unfortunately there are some Grinches out there. Personally, I advise my clients to remove all personal effects, pictures and religious artifacts. The reason is to make the home feel empty, or as empty as possible. The purpose is to make the buyer feel comfortable in what could be their soon to be home, not as an intruder. Sometimes pictures of the family can have this effect on some.
3. The Tree Could Barely Fit in the Room!
Decorations could take up more space than necessary, and make the rooms feel smaller, especially with the Griswold Family Christmas Tree up in the center of the room.
4. Tripping Hazard
This is a minute point, but still an issue to take seriously. The last thing anyone needs is a lawsuit.
5. Your Home is the Best Selling Point
I personally advocate this to all my clients. Besides, that water damage you tried to cover up with tinsel was still found. But seriously, why cover the beauty of your home when you're trying to sell it.
My Opinion - If the decorations do not bring out the beauty of the home, then stay away. Keep it light, simple, and don't over do it. Sometimes even a little is too much.
From the Mercer Family
Author:Michelle Mojica Phone: 602-687-0617 Dated: December 14th 2015 Views: 400 About Michelle: ...
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