“Our home is on the resale market, the kids love Halloween and they love to decorate the house. Should we decorate for Halloween while the house is up for sale or not?”
It’s fun to celebrate the holidays with decor and kids love it too but you need to keep in mind that holiday decor can be distracting for buyers.
We definitely recommend staying away from religious decor as it could offend or turn-off some buyers and you never know who is coming to look at your home.
We also recommend you don’t go ‘over the top’ when it comes to decor for the holidays. Decor can add a lot of clutter into a space making it feel and look cramped which isn’t a positive for buyers. Plus really over the top decor can be a huge distraction – buyers want and need to see the true features of the home like the room sizes, natural light, beautiful kitchens, bathrooms and floors .
If you MUST decorate for the holidays, consider this:
1. Do NOT decorate for the holidays before photos. This will date your photos and they won’t show off the actual features of your home.
2. Do keep it simple and tasteful. For Halloween, put up some simple pieces on the exterior. Nothing scary or gory – if you are in a family friendly area this will work for the buying clientele.
THIS IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF A ‘DON’T’ FOR HALLOWEEN DECOR (WHEN SELLING) – IT IS PRETTY GORY AND BLOODY AND SCARY.
3. Do NOT decorate too early and keep up the decor for a long time. Think about decorating for the holidays just before and removing everything a day or two after the holiday – don’t decorate weeks early and keep it up for months.
4. Do decorate for the season. So having some fall decor like pumpkins or fall wreath is neutral and welcoming but remember to keep it simple.
Remember once you are settled in your new home you can go all out for holiday decor so maybe this year just collect lots of great ideas!