Showing Your Home During Halloween Season

Placing your home on the market during October? Here are some tips to keep the appeal of your home high for this spooky season.

First impressions matter and often curb appeal can increase a selling price by as much as 20%. Draw attention to your gorgeous house, not to the ghouls in your yard or on your porch. Stick to inoffensive fall-themed plants, such as mums, and maybe a few pumpkins (keep an eye that they don’t rot).

Stay away from gore, spiders, witches, dead things, clowns, and even political signs or decorations. Most importantly keep prospective buyers’ safety top of mind. Keep steps and walkways clear.

Consider holding a Halloween open house to attract buyers with children. Offer homemade cookies, pumpkin pie, apple cider, or caramel apples to set an autumnal mood. Consider offering a prize and having a costume contest. Have your real estate agent contact the winner to pick up the prize.

Create marketing materials that get noticed. For example, print cards with your event information and include a fall-themed recipe or attach a Halloween treat.

Don’t decorate heavily indoors. Halloween-inspired scents (like cinnamon or pumpkin spice) and colors are great for throw pillows, bathrooms, and mantel. Avoid putting too much on countertops because that could make them look small.

Let the light in. Avoid decorations on your windows. Create a warm autumn atmosphere inside your living room or entryway. Adding candy corn in a dish is a playful and welcoming touch.

Getting your home ready to sell and setting the right price are important steps to getting the most for your home. Are you ready to get started? We would love to help. Start here.