Putting Your House On The Market Over The Holidays

Posted in Blog Posts on November 16th, 2012 by capitalhm

It happens every year again. Home owners have a house on the market over the holidays. They want to continue to draw traffic while celebrating. In that case the issue of decoration comes up. How to make sure that the house doesn’t look to “done up”, religious or otherwise cluttered? Here are some suggestion to establish the right balance.

On the outside, stick to the classics. White lights in the front year around evergreens, doors and the fence. Stay away from colored lights and inflatables in the front yard. Perhaps you find a tasteful wreath for the front door. Leave it that.

Also on the inside more is less. Put the Christmas tree in the foyer and perhaps another in the living room. Choose classic décor. Be careful not to overload. The following is ok: stockings on the mantle, centerpieces with candles on the tables and perhaps some garlands. I would recommend to strategically place poinsettias. They give a festive and fresh look, but keep them watered!

Now for the open house, I recommend to bake fresh cookies before it starts. It gives the house a wonderful smell. Offer them in the kitchen for visitors.

Some final tips for the winter. Remove leafs regularly and keep the walkways free from ice and snow. It’s important to have the gutters cleaned at the beginning of December after all the leaves have come down. This gives your house a pristine look. To add to the personal touch, put some hardy evergreens in your containers by the front door or garage. Your house is ready for the holidays and your buyers or future renters.

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