The challenge of selling a property that has been garishly decorated over the Christmas period is one many agents will be familiar with.
Now an industry website, GetAgent, has produced guidelines which agents may want to give to sellers to reduce the risk of 'inappropriate' decorations.
1. Stick to white lights - Coloured, flashing lights aren't everyone's preference, and whilst some like the spirit they bring, it can put people off. Avoid the bright, coloured flashing lights for your tree and for any area around and instead opt for a more tailored and sophisticated palette with white lights. This creates a more neutral, all-round aesthetic appealing to more.
2. No exterior decorations - Avoid the large inflatable decorations or reindeer on the roof. Opt for white lights again if you want some festive cheer and keep it classy with a single welcoming door wreath or holly and ivy. Less is more when it comes to exterior decorations, especially if you have a for sale sign in the garden.
3. Use festive scents - Use the smells of cinnamon and mulled wine to your advantage over Christmas viewings and try festive candles, oil burners or have something festive baking. A real tree can also add an extra homely smell to your home.
4. Don't cover the beauty - Be mindful not to cover up any structure or feature in your home which may be of interest to potential buyers. This could be something as simple as an oak stair rail or the mantelpiece. Remember less is more.
5. Light is everything - Natural light is essential for viewings, so make sure your decorating efforts don't block any natural light, for example your tree in the middle of a bay window. Try placing your holiday pride away from any windows, and if you must, make sure the natural light still flows in.
6. Neighbourly love - Unfortunately it's not just your own decorations that can put buyers off, it's your neighbours too. Neighbours are a huge part for people moving house, and to see loud and garish decorations next door could certainly put potential buyers off. If you know your neighbours well, perhaps just let them know you are trying to sell over the festive period and to be mindful of potential buyers.