Deck the Halls: Preparing Your Home for December Viewings

Selling a house during the holiday season can present both challenges and opportunities. While potential buyers might be busy with festive activities, the warmth and charm of a well-decorated home can create a lasting impression. Despite the fact that most of us only put up a Christmas tree once a year, it’s not uncommon to hear potential buyers considering this special time of year with comments like “that’s a perfect spot for the Christmas tree” or “this would be a lovely place for all the family to get together at Christmas”.

But, it’s essential to strike the right balance between festive allure and the need for a neutral, welcoming environment. Here’s our guide to help you prepare your house for December viewings.

Curb Appeal

First impressions matter, and the exterior of your home is the first thing potential buyers will see. Create a welcoming atmosphere by adding subtle, tasteful holiday decorations. Consider a wreath on the door, some festive lighting, or a few well-placed outdoor decorations. Make sure pathways are clear, and the exterior is well-maintained, as winter weather can bring additional challenges.

Keep It Cosy

Highlight the warmth and cosiness of your home by adjusting the temperature to a comfortable level. If you have a fireplace, consider lighting it for viewings. Create an inviting atmosphere with some strategically placed throws and cushions in the living areas – remember that potential buyers should be able to picture themselves living in your home.

Neutral Decor

While a few well-chosen holiday decorations can enhance the appeal of your home, it’s crucial not to overdo it. Opt for neutral and classic decorations that complement your existing decor rather than overwhelming it. Avoid excessive clutter, and ensure that your home remains accessible and easy to navigate.


Maximize natural light during daytime viewings and use soft, ambient lighting in the evenings. Consider fairy lights, candles, or strategically placed lamps to create a warm and inviting ambiance. Lighting plays a crucial role in setting the mood and showcasing the best features of your home.

Festive Fragrance

Appeal to the senses by infusing your home with a subtle, pleasant fragrance. Consider using scented candles, potpourri, or essential oil diffusers with seasonal scents like cinnamon, pine, or vanilla. However, keep scents mild to avoid overwhelming visitors.

Maintain Seasonal Landscaping

If your home has a garden or outdoor space, ensure it is well-maintained even in winter. Clear pathways and consider adding subtle outdoor lighting to highlight key features. A well-kept garden, even in colder months, can enhance the overall appeal of your property.

Depersonalize and declutter

While it’s common to display family photos and personal mementos, consider minimizing these items during viewings. Potential buyers should be able to envision themselves in the space, and a more neutral backdrop can facilitate that. Temporarily pack away personal items and replace them with more generic decor.

Selling your home during the holiday season can be a rewarding experience with the right approach. By striking a balance between festive charm and a neutral, welcoming environment, you can make your property stand out to potential buyers. Remember, a well-prepared home not only enhances its marketability but also creates a positive and lasting impression on those who visit during December viewings.

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