If you’re putting your house in Smyrna up for sale, or already have your home on the market, and you want to decorate for the holidays, those things aren’t necessarily at odds. When you decorate, however, it’s important to make sure you don’t cause any damage to the house, which is always a risk, given that most people use nails and other damaging fasteners to hang decorations on their property. Here are some other options you might want to consider.


Don’t Drill or Drive Nails


If you can avoid it, don’t drive nails, staples, or other fasteners into the exterior of your home, for obvious reasons. You don’t want to cause damage that might give buyers a lesser impression of your home. Instead, consider attaching your lights using zip ties or other non-permanent fasteners. This might compromise your lighting plans a bit, but it’s better than damaging your house when you’re trying to sell it. Work with the existing fastening points on your home to hang the lights, or dress up your regular light fixtures with colorful LED bulbs, and skip trimming the eves and windows with lights all together.


Go Light on the Tinsel and Other Messy Decorations


Some decorations tend to be messier than others. When you’re decorating, remember that you’re going to have to clean up all of it, so take it easy with spraying fake snow on the windows, putting wreathes around the house where they’ll shed needles, and decorating in other ways that will make cleanup difficult. You can have a beautiful and cozy space without going overboard, and less is more when you’re decorating a house that’s on the market.


Take Decorations Down Promptly


When you’re not planning on moving, it can be fun to leave your lights up through the New Year holiday—or February—but you’ll want to take down your decorations promptly when you’re selling your home. When your house is on the market, it’s important that it always looks well-maintained, and tinsel and wreaths left on the door after the holiday has passed take away from that. Hard as it may be, when the holidays are over, part with the decorations.




Your Realtor will help you schedule showings around any holiday plans you have, and can make sure that, even during this sometimes hectic time of year, your house gets the best possible marketing.