We don’t know about you, but gathering and distributing holiday trinkets, coordinating throw pillows, and adding other festive décor throughout our homes sparks so much joy. When trying to make your house feel like a home, it’s often “little things” that end up going a long way—especially if you find yourself relocating frequently.
We asked a local design expert Sabrina Johns, Owner and Interior Decorator at White Slate Interiors LLC, here in the “757” to weigh in. Her best advice?
“Living by the rule ‘less is more’ is particularly true when putting your house on the market during the holiday season,” said Johns. “You want to accentuate the beautiful features of your home, not hide them.”
If you’re thinking about selling your home soon, or if your home is actively on the market, here are five things to keep in mind when it comes to holiday decorating:
- Always Have Accurate Listing Photos: If your home sits on the market for more than three months, consider taking updated property photos. With the average days on market hovering around 38 days, this is probably unlikely in our current market conditions. But, if your home is decorated for fall and it’s still on the market during the Christmas season, it’s time for a few new shots. Likewise, there is nothing worse than seeing a Christmas tree (or snow on the ground) while browsing for homes on a lovely spring day. Be sure to work with your agent to keep your property details and listing photos fresh.
- First Impressions Go A Long Way: Johns says that home sellers should be mindful of curb appeal when decorating. “Add a couple potted plants or flowers on each side of the front door and a beautiful wreath,” suggests Johns. And, since your neighborhood’s annual pumpkin carving party may be canceled this year due to the pandemic (thanks COVID), try the latest trend of painting pumpkins. Better Homes & Gardens recently posted 48 different ideas to try!
- Seasonal Smells or Smelly?: While we love a good country apple, warm vanilla, or pumpkin spice scent, your potential home shoppers may not. Make your home feel inviting without an overpowering scent.
- Less is More. Clear the Clutter: When asked about clutter, Sabrina recommends that you keep it simple. “The inside of your home should be clean (no clutter) and cozy. During the fall season, place a few pumpkins along your mantle and add a pretty centerpiece to your dining room décor,” Johns says. “Pillows, throws, and scented candles help your house feel inviting, too!”
- Keep Non-Essential Decorations Packed: While we love our family heirlooms and holiday crafts our kids made when they were little, consider leaving these decorations in your attic this year. Put your finest decorations on display, and save those sentimental items for your new home. The market is moving quickly. The more you can keep packed, the less work you’ll have to do later.
If you’re ready to start making memories in a new home, it’s best to team up with a local agent who is knowledgeable about the properties in the Hampton Roads region. If you need buyer representation, connect with one of REIN’s 7,000 agents to help you find the home of your dreams.
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