December 20, 2012 6:10 am
Since you don't want to turn off any potential buyers, leave the inflatable Santas and reindeer in the attic. Not only do they take up much-needed space in your front lawn, but they also make symbolic statements that you are best avoiding.
Choose one theme or look and stick with it throughout. Pay attention to proportion and balance; make sure your decorations suit the home appropriately and add to rather than hinder the home's décor.
Don't overdo exterior holiday lighting; rather, use them for a determined purpose. Christmas lights can be used to light up a walkway for night viewings and can add a nice sparkle to that pine tree sitting in your front yard. If your house ends up looking like something out of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, you have gone too far. Scale back and be more conservative than you usually would be with your decorating.
Keep your decorations elegant and simple. When decorating, think "winter" and not "Christmas." White lights help give your home a seasonal look without symbolizing any specific holiday, while pine wreaths serve the same purpose for the exterior or interior of the home.
If your family cannot do without a tree, stick to tall and thin trees. You want your home to feel open and spacious even with sporadic decorations about. Stick to two or three colors when decorating your tree; less is more when trying to sell your home. Lastly, be sure to take your tree down before the new year.
If your home is on the market, you can still give it a festive and seasonal look without going overboard. By brightening your home up for the season, you can incite buyer interest in your home.
Published with permission from RISMedia.