Should You Decorate For The Holidays When Selling

Dated: 10/31/2016

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Should you Decorate for the Holidays When Selling?

With the holidays comes busy schedules and little spare time for most of us, which makes it an especially difficult time for anyone to sell their home. Decorating your house for the holidays can be so much fun, and halloween is one of the best. There is nothing wrong with partaking in the festivities when a ‘for sale’ sign is on your lawn, but it’s best not to overdo it.

Experts say you don’t have to forgo all festive decoration, but you should choose them wisely. A general rule of thumb is to keep decor neutral. Think more along the lines of harvest: pumpkins, gourds, scarecrows and haybales. Avoid the creepy items that may have prospective buyers running in the opposite direction. Those gruesome scenes involving death, zombie and blood? People with young kids will especially be turned off. Be sure to take care of the perishable items you put out for decor. Keep an eye on those pumpkins that you carved into earlier in the month or get rid of that half-eaten squash the squirrels have been nibbling on all fall. If you’re going to use anything of this type, be sure to keep it looking fresh - including, flowers.

It’s important to keep your political opinions on the down-low. You need to keep things on an even-playing field, in order to attract buyers of all types and political views. So, even though those Trump masks and Hilary zombies are extremely popular at halloween stores right now, it’s best to leave them there.

Lastly, if your home is usually known for the best decor on the block, there is nothing wrong with putting up all of your last minute heavy-duty decorations for actual Halloween night. It may be a lot of work, but it’s still possible if it means that much to you and your family. Just be sure to take them down the next day. The chances of attracting buyers on October 31st is extremely low, but come Nov. 1st, it’s a whole new ball game! So, be sure to put your homes best foot forward from that point on.

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