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    On Decorating For The Holidays

    holidayI’ve been asked this several times in the past week: “Is it okay to decorate my home for the holidays when I have it listed?”

    My answer has always been: “If you want to.”

    The more I think about it – that doesn’t sound like professional advice – kind of like shrugging my shoulders and giving a Jeff Foxworthy-esc “Yah-ump-too.”  Analyzing it a bit further and reaching back to the advice we give all year is – depersonalize the home so we can sell.  Decking the halls to the max is hardly depersonalized.  But then again, tis the season.

    Think, think think, it’s hardly fair to give a resounding “No.” and then I remembered.  One of the core fundamentals I learned in my staging courses was compromise. In this situation, compromise doesn’t mean “go a head and decorate your house so you can see it from space,” but a mere modest sampling of your FAVORITE decorations tastefully displayed.  Of COURSE you can have a Christmas Tree decked out with ornaments, and heck – even lights on your house – just make sure it doesn’t distract or completely stand out in your neighborhood, because as much as you may like it – the potential buyer may not.  

     My advice: Keep it simple, take it down after Christmas.

    What are your thoughts?


    4 Responses to “On Decorating For The Holidays”

    • lenae

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      You found my house! 🙂
      Ok seriously, your advice is good. Keep it simple but still enjoy the Holidays.

    • SpokaneHomeGuy

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      Thanks, thought that was yours! We have a really bright porch, but that's about it! Then again, my house isn't for sale… or is it….?

    • Anonymous

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      You found my house! 🙂
      Ok seriously, your advice is good. Keep it simple but still enjoy the Holidays.

      • SpokaneHomeGuy

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        Thanks, thought that was yours! We have a really bright porch, but that’s about it! Then again, my house isn’t for sale… or is it….?

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