As most real estate agents will tell you, Christmas is not the best time to market a house. But if you find yourself trying to sell your property over the festive season, there are a few rules you should follow.
This involves how you decorate your property for Christmas, which can have an impact on your home's selling potential and overall value.
We spoke to property experts and estate agents who revealed the Christmas decorations to avoid when selling your property...
1. Santa and Rudolph Decorations
"It's just got to be simple, minimal and chic and nothing chintzy or garish or overwhelmingly 'Christmas.' Forget the tack — Santas and Rudolphs, snowmen and robins are a no-no. Instead only go for sophisticated ribbons and glass baubles with a colored theme that fits your interior decor." - Ellie Rees, creative director at
2. Colored, Flashing Tree Lights
"It's best to avoid colored, flashing Christmas tree lights as they can put potential buyers off. A real tree with white lights is the most sophisticated option." - Ellie Rees
3. Exterior Decorations
"There should be nothing on the exterior of your house at all, unless you have a beautiful garden with plain, white tree lights. Real holly, mistletoe and ivy are lovely, and a gorgeous handmade wreath on the door works wonders." - Ellie Rees
"Highly decorated houses with numerous multi-colored lights and Christmas decorations such as Father Christmas climbing down the chimney and reindeer in the garden can certainly devalue a house." - Carol Peett, managing director at
4. Over-the-top Decorations
"At any time of year, we advise potential sellers to give thought to how they stage their home prior to putting it on the market. No one wants to see a lot of personal clutter or general untidiness when viewing a property to buy. Less is more and viewers want to see a property for what it is, not for what someone else has made it.
"In many respects, this is even more the case at Christmas. Potential purchasers don't want to see half a lounge taken up with an enormous Christmas tree, the exterior of a house obliterated by a life-size inflatable Father Christmas, or more lights than the Blackpool illuminations. They're going to want to see it how it'll be for the remaining 50 weeks of the year." - Chris Chapman, managing director at
5. Neighbors' Garish Decorations
"This can be a real hornets' nest as it's not only your own decorations that can reduce your property's selling potential but also your neighbors' in your street. This will have far more effect on the long-term value of the property, over which you will have no control."
Top Tips on How to Sell Property at Christmas:
Entice Buyers with Delicious Homely Scents
"Cloves in oranges and mulled wine are great for smell, along with a burning log fire and cinnamon sticks." - Ellie Rees
Use Simple and Stylish Decorations
"A simple string of white lights in trees in the garden, a holly wreath on the front door, a beautiful, simply decorated Christmas tree, and a mantelpiece decorated with holly, ivy and candles, are welcoming and can add value to a property.
"In the same way as the smell of baking bread and fresh coffee can paint a picture of an aspirational lifestyle, a simple and beautifully decorated house can conjure up dreams of wonderful Christmases spent with family and friends in their new home. This makes buyers think the property is more valuable and encourages them to buy the house." - Carol Peett
Take Property Photos Before the Festive Period and Have Viewings After
"This allows the seller to enjoy Christmas and look forward to ready-made viewings in the New Year — they can also deck their halls with all the decorations they like, so long as they're gone by the time the viewings start.
"And the results speak for themselves — on average, each property marketed as part of this campaign receives three times more viewings than those not — something which suggests a lack of Christmas clutter can add to the overall appeal of the property." - Chris Chapman