9 Tips for Holiday Decorating When You’re Selling Your Home

    9 Tips for Holiday Decorating When You’re Selling Your Home



    Decorating your home when you want to sell during the holiday season can be tricky, but if you devote a little time and thought, you can still enjoy the it without overwhelming your potential buyers. If you decorate neutrally and tastefully, you can add to your home’s appeal and make your house warm and inviting for people visiting it. Here are some tips for decorating your home to sell during the holidays.

    1. Use exterior decorations sparingly. Having a few holiday lights up can liven up the exterior of your house, but they don’t add anything to your home’s curb appeal during the daytime (when most people will likely view your home). Keep lights neutral and leave large lawn inflatables packed away while your house is on the market. Look for a few tasteful pieces that will add to your home, like a simple pine wreath or a holiday-themed welcome mat.
    2. Warm things up. If you’re having an open house when a realtor will be present, start a fire in the fireplace. Keep your heat at a comfortable temperature so that buyers can take their time viewing your home without freezing.
    3. Find the right tree. If you choose a tree that is too large, it can overwhelm the space in your home. Find one that fits the room. If you choose a real tree, keep pine needles in check by watering your tree and vacuuming carpets daily. Decorate your tree neutrally, with white lights and simple ornaments, so that potential buyers can enjoy a little bit of festive decorating yet still envision themselves enjoying their holidays there.
    4. Keep it simple. Hold off on putting out stockings or other personal family decorations until your actual holiday celebration, and tuck them away right after so that there aren’t an overwhelming amount of personal decorations up when people are viewing your home.
    5. Turn on the holiday lights. You may get a buyer or two after dark, with the daylight hours being so short, so illuminate your tree and your outside lights as the sun sets.
    6. Rearrange the furniture if necessary. If your space simply doesn’t accommodate all of your current furniture plus a Christmas tree, put a piece or two of furniture in another room or temporarily in storage to avoid making your space look too cramped.
    7. Let the sun shine in. Though winter skies can be grey and dreary, make the most of natural light by opening blinds and curtains during the daytime.
    8. Fill your home with the scents of the season. Before an open house, make hot chocolate on the stove or bake some holiday cookies. They will fill your home with warm, holiday smells and you can leave the treats out for potential buyers to enjoy.
    9. Keep up with the weather. If you’re having a white Christmas this year, make sure to shovel your driveway and walkways to increase curb appeal and keep potential buyers safe. If you still have fall leaves on the ground, rake them up and keep your lawn neatly trimmed.


    Here in Western Prince William County, we have gorgeous homes that really shine when decorated appropriately! Need more advice for preparing your home for sale? Contact us. We’d be happy to help.

    Chris Colgan is the CEO and Team Leader of the Chris Colgan Real Estate Team. Chris was born and raised in Gainesville, Virginia and has been in real estate for 10 years. He is a member of the Re/Max Hall of Fame and is in the top 25 for sales in the state of Virginia out of all Re/Max agents. He has been recognized as one of the United States’ and Canada’s Top 500 Marketing Experts by the National Association of Expert Advisors.

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