view inside home from window at christmas

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Hanukkah in a few weeks, and Christmas only six weeks away, the holiday season is in full swing.

If your home is for sale, or you are planning to list your home for sale during the holiday season, here are a few tips that will help you show off your home at its best inside and out.

Rake up the remaining leaves in your yard and cut away dead parts of flowers and plants. Clean out your gutters, wash (at least) the front entry area of your home so it's clean and inviting, and touch up the paint on your front door if needed. If your house needs an exterior cleaning, have it power washed for an overall brightening up.

Be sure to keep buyers and showing agents safe by keeping your driveway and walkways clear of ice and snow.

For Thanksgiving dress up your front entry with a door decoration and/or an outside planter. A large autumn wreath or swag on the door and a new doormat will look great. Get rid of all the jack-o-lanterns and Halloween related decor and transform your look to a tasteful autumn theme.

Once Thanksgiving has passed, switch to the Christmas look.  Wreaths on the windows, a front door wreath or swag, and some spotlights on the front of the home look good on every house.

Resist the temptation to fill the inside of your home with tons of decorations. Less is more. You don't want to distract buyers with lots of clutter. You want buyers to picture themselves enjoying Thanksgiving dinner and the Christmas season in your home. You can always bring out all those decorations next year when you're in your new home.

Fresh flowers are always a great touch. A fresh flower arrangement at the dinner table, perhaps also on the fireplace mantle, and a bowl of fruit on your kitchen island will make your home feel festive and cozy.

Your Christmas tree should be appropriately sized for the room it occupies, and should not restrict traffic patterns or room functionality. A very large tree can make a room look very small. If the furniture is tight with the inclusion of the tree, you should relocate some of it out of the room for now.

You want to touch all the buyer's senses in a good way. If you have a fireplace, light a fire. Play some soft music at a very low volume. Boil some spices and fruits on the stove, and then place the pan in the oven at its lowest temperature to get it off the stove. Here is a good recipe that smells heavenly.

Simmer the following in a pan of water on the stove:

1 apple
1 orange peeled
Orange peels
3 cinnamon sticks
3 star anise
1 t. fresh ginger
1 t. whole cloves
1 t. cardamom pods


Of course, keep everything clean and tidy and smelling good!  Happy selling, and happy holidays!

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