“I’m trying to sell my house, do I decorate it for Christmas?”

The Cape House Show: Episode 46

Today’s question is “I’m trying to sell my house, do I decorate it for Christmas?” Well that’s not a straightforward question. The first question I want to know is, was your house already on the market? Do you already have listing photos without Christmas decorations? In that case, I say go for it. Decorate your house, just follow the same rules that we talked to you about whenever you’re trying to get your house ready to sell. Don’t smother it in too much clutter and be careful about super personal stuff. You can get really easy to get very, very personal with your Christmas decorations, lots of pictures and things like that. Try to avoid that just because when a buyer comes in, they feel like they’re intruding. It may not even be a conscious thought, but it makes it harder for them to attach to a house and get excited about it being theirs when they feel like it’s so personal to you.

The second scenario is you’re putting your house on the market during the Christmas season, do you take the pictures with Christmas decorations in them? Well there are some circumstances under which I would say yes – and that would be first of all, if you think and your agent thinks that you’ll be able to sell this house before the Christmas season is over, then go for it. The second scenario is if you know it probably is going to take a little bit longer but you’re willing and prepared to take another set of photos come January, then go for it. I think it’s a great idea!


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