Thanksgiving is the kick-off to the holiday season and can be the perfect opportunity to dress up your home for the sale. With some thoughtful preparation and a “less is more” attitude, decorating your home for the holidays should be a cinch. Here are a few tips to get you through the holiday selling season:
Keep decorations simple. Too many decorations or ones that are too garish will turn many buyers away. A bowl of glass ornaments and a small decorated tree will be enough to help potential buyers imagine their own holidays in the house. A tree that’s too big or a room littered with decorations will make a house feel crowded – the opposite effect you are trying to achieve.
Limit outdoor ornaments. A wreath and a festive urn or two beside the front door is a tasteful way to dress up a house. Inflatable snowmen and blinking reindeer have no place in selling your home during the holidays.
Be mindful not to decorate with overtly religious ornaments. You don’t want to exclude buyers from other countries and faiths.
Scent your home lightly. Birch bark, fir trees and cinnamon are welcoming scents in small doses. You don’t want it to appear that you are masking an unwanted odour. Also, many people have allergies and can be sensitive to overpowering fragrances.