Christmas is the perfect time to show the warmth, beauty and charm of your home. Decorations can be used to show off the most prominent features of your home while giving potential buyers a festive feeling at the same time. After all, which potential buyer wouldn’t love seeing a beautifully decorated home with Christmas lights and imagining how their future family will celebrate Christmas in this very house?
With that being said, the kind of Christmas decorations that you opt for could be a game changer. If potential buyers love what they see, they’ll end up loving the property a whole lot more. But, if they don’t like what they see, they might end up rejecting the property together. If you are thinking of putting your property on the market during Christmas time, be sure to get an accurate free property valuation with Romans, so that you can set the right asking price. And while you’re at it, be sure to make the most of the Christmas decorations to maximise the chances of a sale! With that being said, over-the-top Christmas decorations and decorations that ruin the beauty of your home could actually reduce your chances of a sale. So, here are some Christmas decorations to avoid if you want to increase the selling potential, as well as the value of the property.
Decorations that are too over the top:
When you are putting your home on the market, you want to showcase the best features of your home to attract potential buyers. However, over-the-top decorations will do the opposite. Stick to simple and neutral decorations, such as white lights, wreaths, holly and other such classic Christmas vibes. Overly decorated homes with multi-coloured lights, figurines on the roof and inflatables in the garden could actually reduce the value of your home.
Decorations that take over the beauty of your home:
While reindeer on the roof might look or an inflatable Santa in the garden might have a wow factor, such decorations certainly take away from the beauty of the house. For instance, if the garden is filled with inflatable Santas then the potential buyer isn’t going to even be able to see the garden properly. Similarly, if the windows and doors are covered with Christmas decorations then you are essentially hiding the beauty of the house. When you have a for sale sign in your garden, less is more – otherwise, that for sale sign might not even be visible!
Decorations that hide the features of your home:
A huge inflatable Santa at your doorstep might hide that gorgeous Oakwood door at the entrance of your home. An elaborate Christmas set-up in the middle of the garden might take away from the beautiful patio that buyers would otherwise love. A huge Christmas tree in the living room might make the space look smaller and too many stockings on the fireplace might actually hide your beautiful marble fireplace! When you start putting up Christmas decorations, make sure you don’t hide any features of your home. In fact, use your decorations to enhance the best features of your home!
Decorations that cover natural light sources:
If you’ve got a big Christmas tree in the living room right next to the window, which happens to be a source of natural light, then you’re actually hiding a very important feature of your home. Similarly, if you opt for multi-coloured lights indoors, a potential buyer might not be able to notice how much natural light enters the house. If you cover a floor-to-ceiling window with some wreath and holly, how will any buyer even be able to notice the gorgeous windows? Be sure to avoid hiding natural sources of light as natural light is a big demand among current buyers!
Decorations that are just too loud:
While some people might be attracted to Brighton’s flashing lights, others might find them off-putting. Similarly, while some potential buyers may love seeing a house all brightly lit up in multi-coloured lights, some might find it tasteless. When you are putting your house on the market, you have to cater to the potential buyer’s preferences which means it is always a safer bet to opt for neutral, simple and classic Christmas decorations. Loud decorations take away from the natural beauty of the home, which is the last thing that you want as a seller!
At the end of the day, your Christmas decorations should show off the beauty of your home. Be sure to use decorations that actually enhance the interiors and exteriors of your home while highlighting the best features.