Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: Even During the Holidays, Presentation is Important!

Even During the Holidays, Presentation is Important!

When selling a house, besides price, I would say the presentation is the most important thing, wouldn't you?  When you're selling your house, don't you want to give the impression that you would entertain a quick closing if presented with an offer today, to close in less than 30 days?

I understand we're approaching the Holiday Season, however, the below house has had Holiday lights and decorations up on his house for over three weeks already.  Yes, right after Halloween. I drive by this house everyday, and just shake my head.

holiday decorations on a house

holiday decorations on a house

When I have a buyer who is looking at houses towards the end of the year, one of the things that they always ask is, "Do you think the sellers would move before the holidays?"  They have their house for sale; they're supposed to want to move as soon as possible, but seeing all these elaborate decorations can turn a buyer off.

I'm not saying a home owner can't decorate for the Holiday Season, but isn't there a conversation home owners should be having with their listing agent about how to keep things to a minimum to show the buyers they're not having to stay put for a couple of more months?

Plus, if you're wanting to move, why unpack boxes that have been packed for a year already when you should be busy packing more boxes to declutter your house for staging??

Presentation is important, and your presentation should always say that you're ready to close and move tomorrow!

**Are You Packed Yet?** 

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Comment balloon 18 commentsDonna Harris • November 24 2009 12:40PM


Donna if I was the buyers agent I would put it in the contract that the decorations stay...  :O)  It does look pretty. 

Posted by June Tassillo, Let me help you with the next phase of your life! (Owner/Broker RE/MAX Elite Realty) over 10 years ago

I love it!  It would make me WANT to buy it!

Is it too early to say MERRY CHRISTMAS yet?


Posted by Ron Tarvin, Broker, Katy, Houston, Cypress 77450,77494,77095 (Residential, Investment properties, rehab projects, property management, luxury homes, new construction!) over 10 years ago

I'd have to disagree. Unfortunately when majority rules there are plenty that walk away unhappy or feeling disassociated.

Christmas is big deal and it appears these people are very excited about the holidays. The majority will see it that way.

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) over 10 years ago

This was probably a FSBO and they really didn't want to sell anyway! ***winks***

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 10 years ago

Donna, perhaps a buyer could include a clause in the contract saying that the Christmas lights convey!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (Redfin) over 10 years ago

Christmas lights?  Love 'em.  Empty brochure box?  FAIL.

Posted by Leonard Thomas (RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs) over 10 years ago

I think the lights do the house wonders as it shows off it's architectural details during these early nights. Unfortunately, the mixed bag of Christmas decorations definitely should be removed as you suggest. I think the decorations fall into the same category as over personalizing the space.

Posted by James K Barath, CMPS, FICO Pro, Certified Military Housing Specialist (Canopy Mortgage, LLC) over 10 years ago

It would look out of place if everyone else had lights and was decorated and this house had none. I say celebrate the season; the lights could come down quickly if necessary.

Posted by Carl Winters over 10 years ago

At least the lights look professionally done.  Maybe they can be just as quickly professionally removed.  I understand what you're saying though, they don't appear to expect an offer any time soon.  My clients always notice boxes already packed.  They think, maybe we can get a deal, they're ready to go!

Posted by Aja Shroll, Your Home Girl (United Real Estate) over 10 years ago

In our neighborhood if you have had lights up before this coming weekend you probably got a nice letter and a warning of a fine because our HOA does not allow lights yet... ~Rita

Posted by Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate (Kenna Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Hi Donna... I often tell sellers that to stage a property well it should be as religion neutral as possible.  This home, while lovely, and while I personally enjoy the decorations, would fail that test.

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 10 years ago

June, Not me...

Ron, Yes, it's too early!

Greg, With all the relocation happening in and around Texas, the majority is not what it used to be.

Ruth, Yeah right....

Pat, To each their own.

Leonard, Their brochure box is empty every day and has been since the sign went up.  House for sale across the street and also has a constantly empty box.

James, People aren't looking at the house at night unless they're driving around on their own, and yes, it definitely crosses the line of depersonalizing.

C & C, It's out of place because they've had lights up since Halloween!

Aja, The lights, yes, but the other stuff in the yard looks trashy as there are three different Santas.

Rita, I wish there were restrictions like that. Some people keep them up year round so they don't have to put them off and on.

Steve, EXACTLY!!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 10 years ago

Hi Donna

This is great food for thought. It sure does make since to have those decorations to a manageable amount if you really want a sale.

Posted by Trey Thurmond, College Station , Texas Homes (BCR Realtors) over 10 years ago

I was wondering about agents thoughts on a house that is listed for sale and is decorated. Too funny that this post is hear. Literally, I thought about it over the past 24 hours or so. You make a good point that this is a clear sign that the family is not looking to move before 12/25... especially this family who has had their stuff displayed since Halloween.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 over 10 years ago

In addition to the issue of curb appeal, what about Thanksgiving?!? We have chosen to take the weekend after Thanksgiving and put up Christmas decorations as a family. 

Posted by Home Loan Search.Online (Home Loan Search Online) over 10 years ago

Our circles are apparently our raw stats. The people I meet, know, see, and talk to are the majority in my mind.

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) over 10 years ago

Trey, That's what I'm saying....

John, It definitely shows they still view the house as a home and it'll be harder for them to let go and actually accept an offer from a buyer.

Integrity, People are always one step ahead and not respecting the current holiday coming up.

Greg, To an extent... but when you have a seller, it's other agent's people who they meet with, know, see, and talk to.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 10 years ago

Donna - The majority relies on the understanding of others. And no you can't have the last word.

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) over 10 years ago