If you already have your home listed, ask your realtor to remove your home from the market until after the first of the year. Many realtors will simply amend/extend the contract. Likewise, don't list your home with a realtor until after the 1st of January. Decorate until your heart is content, and enjoy one last holiday blowout in your home.
Whether you refuse to accept the "restricted holiday decorating" premise or not, at least be sure that your real estate photos are taken BEFORE you add any holiday décor. Nothing says "stale listing" like seeing a photo of a living room with a Christmas tree in the middle of January.
A special note to builders and investors who have had their properties professionally staged: resist the urge to call your Home Stager and ask for holiday décor to be added. I doubt that any Home Stager will refuse to add holiday décor, but you will probably be emphatically discouraged from this request and met with additional cost for the installation, the rental, and the timely removal of the décor.
Selling a home is stressful enough without compounding those feelings with holidays that just feel wrong. Many realtors may disagree with these guidelines, but as a Home Staging Professional, I cannot recommend otherwise. So, as the holidays draw near and you want to be happy in a million ways, for the holidays you may just want to wait a bit to market your home sweet home.
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