As a Home Stager I get that question a lot. There is a very short answer….Absolutely!
Christmas is a widely celebrated holiday that most people understand. If it is your tradition I don’t feel that you need to put that aside just for selling your home. The potential buyer will most likely also celebrate and decorate for Christmas and may appreciate seeing the perfect place for the tree and the warmth of the holiday in their future home.
There are a few caveats, however to decorating your home for Christmas while it is for sale. That caveat being, how into Christmas are you?
If you are a person that loves Christmas and it comes out in your home decorations to the tune that you have 53 bins of Christmas decorations then you may need to tone it down and only use 3-4 of those bins. 🙂
The goal is for the architectural features of your home to still be seen through the Christmas decor. If the decorations are so thick and overwhelming, the buyer will not be able to visual what the house looks like without all the extra items.
It may also make the rooms appear smaller and darker.
Putting up a Christmas tree is totally acceptable but be a little more conscience of where you place it. Perhaps the traditional spot isn’t the best place when you have people coming through. You may need to put it in a different room or in the lower level. Keep the traffic flow areas open, don’t cover up a beautiful view and don’t get a tree that is so large it takes up most of a room.
One other suggestion I have is to decorate with as little red and green as possible. I know those are the traditional Christmas colors but the more you can use gold, silver, and white will keep the space more neutral and not clash with your regular color scheme.
I hope that gives you some guidance on how to still enjoy the Christmas season in your home while having potential buyers taking a look.
Always get professional advice from a trained Home Stager when selling one of your largest assets.