December 6, 2012 5:56 am
However, if you go overboard with your holiday decorations, it can actually prevent your home from selling. Keep in mind, there's a big difference between putting out a few personal touches and turning your home into Santa's workshop. Even if potential home-buyers aren't Grinches, they'll be turned off by too much holiday decor. Here's why:
1. It makes the space yours, not theirs. Above all else, your goal is to make potential home buyers walk into your home and envision propping their feet up and calling the place "home." However, that's really tough for people to do when you've got a giant picture in the middle of the living room of you dressed up as Santa, your wife as Mrs. Claus, your kids dressed up as elves, and your dog donning a set of reindeer antlers. Putting up the picture may be a treasured family holiday tradition for you, but for potential home buyers, it's an unavoidable reminder that they're "trespassing" in someone else's home. If they feel uncomfortable in your home, it may prevent them from putting in an offer.
2. You might accidentally make your home look smaller than it really is. Let's face it – all of those holiday decorations that you love so much take up a ton of space. When you've got a listing that describes your home as "open, airy, and spacious," the last thing you need is for potential home buyers to come in and find a house that's actually cluttered, cramped, and disorganized. So, if your Christmas tree takes up half the room, you might want to think about downsizing this year. After all, is having a giant tree worth making the wrong impression to potential buyers?
3. It shifts the focus. Even if you pay to have your holiday decorations put up by a professional and they look like something out of a magazine, you could still have a problem. After all, you don't want the focus to be on your decorations. You want the focus on your home's natural beauty, like on the great archway by the front door, the beautiful staircase, or those awesome granite countertops on the kitchen. If people are too focused on your holiday decorations (things that are going to be gone in a few weeks), they're not going to fall in love with what your house really has to offer. In the end, they won't end up buying it.
Published with permission from RISMedia.