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Deck the Halls when Selling your Home Over the Holidays.

Deck the Halls when Selling your Home Over the Holidays.

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”- Edith Sitwell

This year has certainly been challenging to say the least. With the worldwide health crisis, stress can accumulate fast. Everyone has had their share of canceled plans, changes with work and school, and how we socialize with each other. Luckily one area that hasn’t been turned on its axis is the housing market. In fact, the housing market is still strong, in fact, in 2020, it is estimated that around 5.46 million existing homes are going to be sold.

Because the housing inventory is generally smaller during the winter, lenders are less busy. This means that when your buyers are ready to go under contract, they can get their financing ready to go that much faster, and everyone can make it to closing quicker. If you are planning on selling your home during the holiday months there are surefire ways to boost your curb appeal. The good news is, you don’t have to spend a lot of time or money to make your home’s exterior the envy of your neighborhood! Here are some tips to get started.

Container displays

Container displays are versatile for your porch or front entrance of your home because the possibilities are endless! Consider containers of various heights grouped together. Green boughs, birch tree branches, winterberries, gold accents such as ornaments, and strings of lights are simple but have a huge impact. When it comes to your container, you can go the traditional route with an urn style or think outside the box. Finds at thrift and antique stores such as old wagons, wheelbarrows, and even old ice skates look charming and unexpected, the good news is, you can keep your display up all winter!

Don’t forget your mailbox

When you think of holiday decor you most likely think about your front porch, while that’s important, consider branching out into other unexpected areas. Your mailbox this time of year will hopefully be bursting at the seams with holiday cards, a welcome reprieve from bills. A swag of evergreens or even a wreath with a bright and colorful ribbon is a festive and cheerful way to add ambiance to your home’s exterior.


As winter approaches, one thing we can count on is longer periods of darkness. Creating an inviting warm glow with lights and candles will not only brighten your home’s exterior, it looks cheerful and festive!

Bring nature inside

When it comes to holiday decor inside your home, the possibilities are endless. Choose from banister garland, table centerpieces, bright red poinsettias, swags for interior doors, and more! To add height to your tabletop arrangement, tall branches look elegant and beautiful.

Deck the halls, but don’t go overboard.

Homes often look their best during the holidays, but sellers should be careful not to overdo it on the decor. Adornments that are too large or too many can crowd your home and distract buyers. Also, avoid offending buyers by opting for general fall and winter decorations rather than items with religious themes.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is experienced in finding the perfect home for local and new residents. With our skilled and knowledgeable realtors with connections and homes all over Sumter, we’re certain you’ll find a home you love within your budget. For more information, fill out a contact form or give us a call at (803) 775-1201.