Plenty of people disagree with me and believe instead that holiday decorations increase the risk of offending someone. In over 20 years of selling real estate, I have never had a buyer be offended by holiday decorations. Instead, the decorated homes tend to appear a bit more welcoming, and warmer – which is an added bonus during a Chicago winter!
Just keep the decor tasteful. Simple. Soft. Tone it down from your typical annual display. Garlands on a staircase, garnished with twinkling lights. A lightly staged mantled, dressed with stockings and candles. The Christmas tree, tucked in the corner or filling the oft empty space of a bay window.
And do not forget the entry. Especially if you are in a cold climate where a buyer will be standing, looking around, while the agent fidgets with opening the lockbox. Again, keep it simple. Want some ideas? Check out this post from tatertots & jello, offering 10 tips for a terrific porch display. Happy Holidays!