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Listing your home before Christmas: To decorate or not?

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A very common question from people who are looking to list their home for sale before Christmas is whether or not to decorate their house for their initial showings. As a seller, your objective is to make potential buyers feel connected and at home inside your home.

What better way to achieve this than by giving them that warm, cozy holiday feeling? Light the fireplace, turn the Christmas lights on and sell them on the idea that this great atmosphere is where they're prepared to see themselves and their family.

If you receive negative feedback about the decorations, re-evaluate whether you've perhaps overdone it, but don't change your tune. Not every single potential buyer that comes through your home is going to love it, regardless of how you stage it and how fabulous you believe it to be.

Just remember that there's far more people that celebrate the holiday season than don't. Appeal to that base and you will see success in a season where home sales tend to slump and the average days on market for a home increase.

So go ahead, decorate! Keep it tasteful and in moderation though, no one wants to walk into Santa's workshop while they're out searching for their new home.

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