It’s that time of year again, folks, and if your home is on the market, you might be wondering if it’s worth it to string up a few lights before showcasing your home to potential buyers. In short, the answer is a resounding: yes! 

Few things speak louder to a home’s potential than the ability for a possible home-buyer to imagine all the fun, warm, and treasured family memories this new home could hold. And what better way to showcase that vision than by decorating your house in a festive, welcoming way that invites your buyer to imagine the possibilities of many future happy holidays spent there? 

There are, however, a few ground rules to consider if you want your home to inspire wonder and hope rather than encouraging them to hit the road because your house just doesn’t feel, well, ‘homey’ in quite the way they imagine. Not to mention, you don’t want a mass of lights or reams of holly to hide the overall character and beauty of the home itself. Tasteful decorations are key! 

So, how do you set the stage for holiday cheer without overwhelming your potential buyers? Here are a few handy tips. 

  1. Keep things simple. A few wreaths or tall candles can add cheer and warmth without hiding your home’s finer features. 
  2. Work with color theory. complement the color scheme of your interior and don’t hide the architecture. If you’re unsure whether or not a colored decoration clashes, white is always a good fallback.
  3. String lights are fine…in moderation. Most of us associate them with the holidays and they definitely add a special twinkle to every room as well as the outside. That being said, avoid large yard displays, lights that blink or flash too noticeably, or too many strings being layered next to each other. You want the lights to enhance your home, not make your buyer think you have something to hide behind the spectacle. 
  4. Choose your tree wisely. A too-tall tree in a single-story home can make the room feel small. A tree decked out in every imaginable garland, tinsel, and ornament can give an impression of clutter that isn’t really there. And always, mind the floor space.

So, there you have it! Follow these tips and in no time, you’ll have a home that’s full of holiday potential without hiding or overshadowing everything else that makes your home the great purchase it will be year-round. 

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