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Should we list our home during Christmas?

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While Christmas is not an ideal time to list your home, it is sometimes the only thing that you can do. So how do you have a happy holiday and still not overwhelm buyers with all your decorations?

The key is to keep it very simple. There are buyers that do not celebrate this holiday, so if it were me, I would skip decorating altogether while trying to sell.

Try to keep in mind that a buyer is trampling through the snow to see your house, so you know they are serious.

If you must have a tree set up, stick to one only, maybe a smaller size than what you would normally use. Keep windows clear of decorations and skip the Mistletoe altogether! No need to make it awkward for the Agent and a Buyer.

I also do not advise nailing stockings to the fireplace mantle. This causes damage and the buyers will not appreciate that. Keep lights to a minimum and skip the fake snow in a can. As well, keep scents to a minimum. A light apple aroma is acceptable but it must be mild. Many people suffer from Asthma and so to aggravate this would be unpleasant.

Marketing not decorating

Your property is your biggest asset and it is being marketed for sale, so treat it like a product on the market. Keep it clean, clutter free and only mildly festive. That way the buyers aren’t distracted by the decorations. There is a happy medium, if you continue to think like a property marketer. Keep in mind you are trying to show the buyer how THEY will live there, not how you do.

Following this advice can result in an offer during the holidays because people are always moving and buying homes regardless of the time of year.

Let’s get your home sold!  Next year you can decorate it to your hearts’ content!

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Jill Turgeon

REALTOR® @  One Percent Realty & RESA Award Winning Home Stager

& Owner of Simply Irresistible Interiors



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