One of the most important aspects of marketing your home involves the removal of clutter. Plain and simple, buyers want to see a blank canvas of sorts, where they don’t have to look past piles of magazines and clusters of family photos to see your beautiful counters, etc. Disorganization and chaos can be a deal breaker, so when it comes to working towards a sale during the Halloween “season,” you don’t want to put up an abundance of holiday decorations after you’ve spent time making your home as ordered and neat as possible.
That’s not to say that buyers don’t love the look of rich fall flowers and beautiful orange pumpkins. Most will appreciate seasonal touches that bring warmth into your home; however, no matter how much you LOVE prepping for and celebrating Halloween, it’s important to temper the compulsion to turn your home into something akin to the Adams’ family manor.
When selecting the right decorations, don’t forget to factor safety into the equation. Halloween means trick-or-treating children, so make a point to keep your walkway clean and well-lit. From there, while you may pride yourself in the spooky graveyard that resides in your front lawn each year, you may want to hold off on adding the tombstones until next October—at your new home.
Remember, fall flowers, not zombies. Hand-made wreathes, not cob webs. Orange ribbons, not fake blood. If you follow these rules, then you also won’t be stuck in a position where you have to scramble to take everything down on November 1st. Fall flowers and pumpkins are suitable for Thanksgiving as well.
If, however, you find that you simply MUST put up scary decorations or go-all-out with the witches and ghosts, their time on display needs to be minimal at best—think October 30th-November 1st or 2nd. Your goal this year is to attract buyers, so keep that in mind if you find yourself feeling a bit restrained.
There’s always next year! If you have any questions or would like some information about listing your home during the autumn season, I would love to help.
Marie Dinsmore | The Dinsmore Team | www.DinsmoreTeam.com | 770-712-7789