Generally speaking, people enjoy going on home tours when it is warm outside. According to Zillow, April has the highest number of new home listings, with May and June falling close behind. But just because everyone else is doing this doesn’t mean you should, too. In fact, listing your house during a shoulder season will help it to stand out from the crowd. In October, the weather is far more comfortable to walk around a house and backyard.
However, once you get towards the end of October, you may be wondering- Should you stage the house for Halloween? What about throwing a Halloween themed open house party? Here are some tips and ideas on how to get festive for the holiday without scaring off potential buyers.
Don’t Make Your Decorations Too Scary
Sure, Halloween is all about watching horror movies and embracing spooky stories. However, overly gory decorations may become a huge turn-off to potential buyers. Anything that jumps or makes noise is also a big “no”. Remember that they may also bring their children to view the house, so you don’t want to scare them away.
According to Mark Handlovitch, the owner of RE/MAX Advanced Realtors, “Too much blood and body parts can give a potential buyer the impression something bad actually happened in the home. You don’t want to take their mind off the beautiful décor, you just want to show them how much fun Halloween can be in your neighborhood.”
Embrace Seasonal Foliage
One of the best ways to decorate your house in the autumn is to use natural items like pumpkins, gourds, and bales of hay. If you choose to decorate the front porch with pumpkins and other fall foliage, this can easily carry over into November. This also means less cleanup for you to deal with when the holiday is over. Since the pumpkins will eventually be thrown away, it also means you don’t have to store those decorations anywhere, either.
Don’t Use Spiders
Spiders are a common decor item that a lot of people use around Halloween. However, no one wants to buy a house that has a bug infestation! Without even realizing it, you are subconsciously making people believe that your house may have unwanted vermin crawling around.
Throw a Kid-Friendly Open House
One of the best ways to embrace selling a house around Halloween is to make everything family-friendly. You can even choose to have an open house complete with games, candy, and goody bags. And yes- you should totally dress in a costume! Just make sure it is family-friendly, too. (People might get distracted if you’re covered in fake blood.) By having a Halloween party, you are showing potential clients how much fun their families could have if they lived there. They might imagine themselves throwing a similar party in the future.
Don’t Go Overboard With the Decorations
Remember that at the end of the day, you are still trying to sell this house. So if you put up way too many decorations, potential buyers may not actually be able to see the home underneath all of the clutter. Try to keep things as simple and minimalistic as possible. Choose items that might highlight a feature of the house, rather than detracting from it.
Shannon Quinn is the editor-in-chief of InspiringHome.org. She has written for multiple personal finance publications such as MoneyWise, Yahoo Finance, and The Penny Hoarder. She has also written for several YouTube channels; Biographics, Geographics, and TopTenz. You can find her full portfolio at ShannQuinn.com.