Tips for Showing Your Home During the Holidays

First impressions are important. A few exterior holiday lights or decorations show pride in ownership and seasonal cheer, but remember that while exterior lights are beautiful at night, they don't add anything during the day when potential homebuyers will be looking at your home. Would-be buyers may view it favorably if the neighbors’ homes are brimming with lights — it shows unity and neighborliness — so you'll want to find a tasteful balance.

Trim outdoor trees, hang a festive wreath and place a welcome mat outside your front door. Play holiday music in the background and set the thermostat at a comfortable temperature. If your house is on the small side, get a smaller tree, as you don't want it to take over the entire room.

Keep decorations on the conservative side. You want a new family to be anxious to move in and begin their own holiday memories. Bake holiday cookies often and leave some treats and hot chocolate for your guests, as the enticing smell will welcome them to your home. Be especially careful about ensuring your home security system is turned back on after a showing, especially if you have gifts under the tree.