SHOULD HOME SELLERS ‘DECK THE HALLS’ WHEN LISTING AT CHRISTMAS?

Christmas: it’s the most wonderful time of the year, according to some songwriters – with homes across the country changing their appearance to include a jingle of bells, pine trees, inflatable Santa Clauses and enough festive lights to illuminate the outback.

And while it’s a great look for the festive season, if you’re selling your home, experts say you might want to dial it down, just a bit.

Think less Christmas with the Griswolds from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and more classy Hallmark movie far removed from the festive season.

It may sound a little Grinch-like, but keeping your house styled less like a mall Christmas photo, and more like the everyday, will help with the longevity of the listing, Elyce Cinerari, a Melbourne-based stylist with Real Estate Stylists said.

Especially since many prospective buyers are now looking to prepare for Christmas, rather than for a property purchase, meaning houses might be on the market for longer than expected.

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