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Tips to Score Holiday Cheer When Selling Your Home

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Marlene Sheard

Holiday lights and greenery have a special touch that can make a home feel extra welcoming and even cozier than normal. If you happen to be selling your home during the holidays, use this season to your advantage. However, it is important to keep in mind that there is a fine line between cozy and cluttered. Here are a few tips to help enhance your home, instead of distracting from it, when selling this holiday season.

  • Keep décor simple and neutral.

When decorating for buyers during the holidays, think “winter wonderland” theme. Items such as greenery, pinecones, snowflakes and lanterns are a neutral yet festive décor that can complement your home. However, use holiday décor sparingly. And remember, it is important to not block pathways or architectural features of your home.

  • Play up your entrance.

Front doors and porches are a great place to tie in the holiday spirit and increase your curb appeal. A little greenery and pops of color from red poinsettia plants or bows can add warmth and interest to your front entrance. If you have sitting areas on your porch, festive pillows and blankets make benches and rocking chairs more inviting spaces for prospective buyers.

  • Set the table.

Eating areas are ideal spaces for festive centerpieces. If you have a dining room, try setting the table as if you were hosting a holiday dinner party to help buyers imagine themselves entertaining their family and friends in the home. Choose tablescape objects of different heights, textures and shapes while sticking to a neutral color theme.

  • Depersonalize.

Holiday decor items tend to be very personal. Ornaments handed down from previous generations or even stockings with children’s names on them should be kept tucked away, not only for safe keeping but also to maintain depersonalization of the home.

  • Watch the calendar.

Make sure your listing photos are taken prior to your holiday decorating so that the photos will not appear dated if your home is still on the market come January.


By: Marlene Sheard

Marlene is a mortgage marketing representative for Ameris Bank and previous sales and marketing president for her local Home Builders Association. She enjoys sharing her experiences for the buying, selling, and financing of homes.

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.