We are just a couple weeks away from Halloween, and by now, your neighbors yards are probably looking a little more like haunted houses and graveyards than they were before.
Halloween is one of the more fun holidays to decorate for, but if you’re actively trying to sell your home, you’ll want to keep reading.
Don’t worry, you wont’ need to forego decorating all together this year, but you do want to keep some things in mind. Your decorations should be neutral. Maybe erring more on the fall themed side rather than the zombie apocalypse side. Hay bales and pumpkins are a great way to still have fun, while welcoming- rather than scaring off, any potential buyers. We are sharing a list of decorations to avoid when trying to sell your home this Halloween. Click this link to read the full list with photos.
Blood and gore
Sorry, “Walking Dead” fans.
“Gruesome scenes of death and zombies are definite no-nos,” says Paul Sian, a Realtor® with Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Real Estate. “People with young kids will be very unappreciative of decorations that depict murder, gore, and more.” At least we hope they will be.
And speaking of kids: Anything that depicts dead ones, even if they’re kinda creepy cute, probably isn’t going to go over too well with parents, either. You knew that, right?
A blood-spattered front door
We’ve already said blood is a no-no, but just in case we weren’t clear, writing scary messages in gory-looking red paint—even something as chipper as “Happy Halloween”—is a bad idea, too. It’s fine and dandy if you’re just trying to give trick-or-treaters a fright, but to prospective home buyers, this graffiti-style treatment just looks messy, and screams “go away.”
Pumpkins whose time has come—and gone
If you’re going to use real flowers, pumpkins, and other perishable decorations, make sure to keep them looking fresh. No one wants to see (or smell) produce that’s well past its prime.
Political statements parading as Halloween decor
It might seem obvious, but politically themed decorations are a definite don’t. This election is plenty scary enough already.