Halloween Decorations or DISTRACTIONS?

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Home Stager with REAL ESTAGING, a nationally recognized leader in Staging.

 Well it's that time of the year when the ghost, goblins, gouls come out of attics and basements and into homes. While for some the day is great fun... for other's Halloween carries a negative connotation. 

You might want to suggest to your seller's that this year they cut back or totally avoid decorating.

As a stager I advise our clients to use VERY little or NO decorations. WHY? For the simple reason... when selling a house the HOME is to be the "star of the show" not the stuff.

PRO OR CON Halloween... NOT decorating makes sense because:

 * If a buyer LIKES Halloween you don't want them looking at all the wonderful cute decorating... you want them to see the house.

 * If the buyer does NOT LIKE Halloween, you don't want them "spooked" by the decorations.

Staging 101... When selling a house, make it appeal to the largest home buying demographic possible.

 

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Craig,

I showed a house a few years back that was owned by a single guy in his early 40s. I guess he was a spiderman freak. He had spiderman from one side of his house to the other. Everywhere you looked was spiderman and cobwebs and more spiderman. And it had nothing to do with Halloween!! This was the way he lived. My buyers were freaked out and we left real quick. His Realtor owned the local Real Estate Co and was his sister. I believe see finally had to move him out and have the house despidered in order to sell it. 

October 01, 2006 07:11 AM
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Jay and Linnea Hanley
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I'm sick of being politically correct. How dull. GO FOR IT AND ENJOY HALLOWEEN or whatever HOLIDAY you choose to celebrate!

Jay and Linnea Hanley

October 01, 2006 05:46 PM
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I have got to agree with you on this one.  You definitely don't want a mass of clutter being the first thing a potential buyer sees, especially in todays market.
October 02, 2006 12:21 PM
Rainmaker
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Craig Schiller
REAL ESTAGING, a nationally recognized leader in Staging.

WOW... lots of dialogue on this one.

My final thoughts on all this is is that again the HOME is and should be the star. When it comes to staging neutral still reigns supreme!

I recommend Little or No Decorating... but that is a recommendation not a mandate.

 

 

October 03, 2006 09:47 AM
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Tricia Jumonville
Texas REALTOR , Agent With Horse Sense
Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Bradfield Properties

Gee, All Hallows Eve is about murder?  Who knew? 

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween

 That said, I think if the family is so inclined, or if it's a "family neighborhood" where trick or treating and decorating is the order of the day, then a small nod to custom is all right.  Nothing outlandish, but a ceramic pumpkin, perhaps, for agents to drop their business cards in when showing or something in recognition of the holiday that displays the brochures?

 

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