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Selling a Home Over Holidays

Selling a Home During the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us once again! That means hanging the lights, trimming the tree . . . or does it? If you’re selling your home over the holidays, you might have to adjust your usual holiday routine to appeal to a wider audience during your open houses.

Christmas Tree

Nothing symbolizes the holiday season like a Christmas tree. For some families, the bigger the tree, the better. If you’re selling your home over the holidays, however, a smaller, tastefully decorated tree is a better bet. A general rule of thumb when staging a home is to put away personal touches, like family photos or children’s crafts, that might prevent a buyer from picturing himself in the home. The same applies to the tree; rather than using personalized ornaments and family heirlooms, use bows, beads, dried flowers, or strings of cranberries and popcorn to beautify your tree. Put any wrapped gifts out of sight until Christmas morning.


Outdoor lights can add a subtle glow to your home during the holidays. Too many lights, however, can make for a garish display that will discourage buyers before they even get in the door. If it’s just not Christmas for your family without bundling up and stringing lights in the eaves, opt for small white lights that accent the outlines of your home. Avoid colored lights, “icicle” lights, or twinkling lights.

In general, steer clear of using lawn decorations or window stickers. You do not want buyers to remember your home as the one with the giant blow-up Santa or the blinking red Rudolph window statue! A small wreath on the door or in the front window is appropriate and inviting.


How else can you add holiday flair to your home without going overboard? If you have a fireplace, keep it lit during your open house. Set the table as you would for a holiday feast — it will help buyers to imagine themselves entertaining in the space. If at all possible, avoid using religious decorations in order to appeal to a wider audience. Instead, use more general seasonal decorations like pine boughs or dried pomegranates.

Selling a home over the holiday season can be a challenge. I can help with staging, photos, marketing, or anything else you may need. Call Alex Reedy at 717-286-9607, and give yourself the gift of a sold home!