It may sound surprising, but doing Halloween décor right may actually help you sell your home. Do it wrong...well it’s terrifying just thinking about it. Here’s what not to do when decking out your house for the spooky holiday.
Don’t overdo the exterior
Your home is strung with witch lights, gravestone markers dot your front yard, and Casper the Ghost greets visitors at the door. With a lot going on...potential buyers may be overwhelmed by your holiday decorating. You want buyers focused on your home’s exterior features and curb appeal, allowing buyers to visualize how they would live there.
Don't go crazy with blood and gore
You may pride yourself on your intricate displays of horror and mayhem, but it’s best to save that for your new place. Your very realistic zombie playground may be a hit with the neighbors every year, but when selling your house it’s in your best interest to be restrained by avoiding any cringe-worthy Halloween décor like bloody handprints, tombstones, or morbid scenes.
Don’t lack self-control with the pumpkins
You don't need your front porch to look like a grocery store display. A tasteful mix of pumpkins and gourds can be inviting. Keep the “tasteful” thing in mind when you’re carving, as well. The last thing you want is to attract attention to your Richard Nixon pumpkin instead of your newly painted front door.
Keep an eye on the kids’ carved pumpkins, too. If you don’t want to offend them by hiding the less-than-perfect pumpkins during an open house, you can simply turn the faces toward the wall for showings.
Don’t pack every inch of your interior with Halloween-themed décor
If buyers can’t take their eyes off your skeleton collection, they’re not paying enough attention to your floor plan and features. You want buyers to notice the home, not what's in it.
Don’t fail to decorate
If you're in a neighborhood in which every home decorates for Halloween, you don't want to be the one party-pooper...this could make your home stick out for the wrong reason. Save the hanging witches and inflatable Dracula for another time and go for something elegant that speaks to the design sense buyers might find inside. Check out these luminary pumpkin ideas that are carved with repeating geometric patterns.
Don't let your yard go
It’s fall and, in many areas, lawns will be dormant soon and yards won’t be in their best spring shape. But that doesn't mean you shouldn’t make an effort, especially if you’re trying to get your home sold. A simple clean up, new mulch, and a couple of baskets of fall flowers near the door can be all it takes to look fresh and new.
Don’t price your home too high
Pricing your home too high when entering the market, especially in a downward shifting market, is problematic regardless of the time of year.
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