How to Successfully Sell Your Home and Decorate for the Holidays

'Tis the season to be bright and merry but before you deck the halls, experts say if you're selling your home during the holidays it's best to plan wisely. Losing a potential buyer isn't a jolly feeling. Here a few tips and infograph to help make the most of your holiday decorations.

When decorating the outside, remember less is more. If you go overboard with lights or trimmings, they may distract your buyers. Decorations are wonderful but house-hunters are there to see details like arched doorways or bay windows versus your 10-foot inflatable snowman or lights so bright they might shut down the power grid. Go with simple decorations and stick to a color palette. Decorations like wreaths, bows, poinsettias, and simple lights all are attractive accents for your home.Additionally, try to use neutral decorations to avoid potentially offending a possible buyer. The giant nativity scene may be a family tradition; however, when selling your home opt for more un-biased decorations like snowman, reindeer, or nutcrackers.

For the interior of your home, create a natural and cozy flow between the decorations and the home's design and color palette. This encourages house-hunters to see the natural beauty of your home. If your home has a rustic theme, stick with decorations that will blend with those hues. If you're unsure of what colors pair well, websites like Pinterest have thousands of palette ideas. So, the 80's-tastic silver Christmas tree might work if the rest of the house wasn't French Provincial. Think of it as the elephant in the room.

For your Christmas tree, you want to accentuate the spaciousness of your room. Choose a tree that complements the space it's in. Keep walkways clear and don't cover up important selling points like the adorned bookshelf built into the wall or the beautiful view of the lake from the living room. Also, the old adage, "Go big or go home," isn't always the best policy. Picking a tree too tall or wide for the room will make the space feel small.

The overall vibe house-hunters like to see is a spacious and uncluttered home. The appropriate sized tree with minimal decorations will create the right feel. Also, remember to not overload the tree with ornaments or lights; this makes the room feel cluttered. It's best to stick with the minimum to give an airy vibe.

Overall, the best advice we can offer is try to relax--- the holidays are already stressful enough.  Between travel plans, family saying with you, purchasing gifts, or planning meals, try to take a moment, meditate, and remind yourself that hopefully next year you will be in a new home and can decorate as you please.



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