7 Things to Remember if You Decorate for Halloween While Your Home is Listed for Sale

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Fall is a great time to list your home. You’ll have less competition from other sellers as many wait for spring and summer. Buyers are usually seriously looking because they need to buy a new home – for a job transfer or a growing family.


If you’re the type who loves to decorate for the holidays, you can still show your love of Halloween while your home is listed for sale. There are just a few things you’ll want to remember so that buyers see your home and not just the decorations.


  1. Have your listing photos taken before you decorate. Decorations may obscure someone’s view when they find your home online. Plus, you’ll have to re-take the photos after Halloween is over so your listing doesn’t look dated or old.
  2. Consider “fall” decorations instead of Halloween. This allows you to keep the decorations up longer and will keep your home appealing to more potential buyers.
  3. Remember, curb appeal. The graveyard and skeletons may look good at night but during the day, buyers may not be able to see the beauty of your home for all the decorations.
  4. Decorations shouldn’t overshadow the interior of your home. Buyers aren’t there to see cobwebs and spiders. They need to be able to imagine themselves living in your home.
  5. Feel free to put out candy. Keep in mind that some people have allergies.
  6. Update your decorations once Halloween is over. Nothing says, “We don’t care” more than Halloween decorations the week before Thanksgiving.
  7. Watch those pumpkins. Make sure to remove any carved pumpkins once they start to go bad or smell. You don’t want buyers to see anything rotting before they walk in the front door.


With a bit of thought and extra planning, you can still enjoy Halloween while you wait for a buyer. Keep in mind what buyers will see and give them the opportunity to be able to look past the decorations so they don’t miss everything that makes your home great.


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