Selling Your Home This Halloween? Here’s How to be Festive Without Scaring Buyers Away

October 12, 2020

Autumn is a beautiful time to sell a home. The leaves are vibrant, the air is fresh, and Thanksgiving vibes make the hearth seem a little more inviting.

However, if you’re selling your home over Halloween, it’s important to differentiate between making your home inviting to wee beasties and to your potential buyers – you’re not selling to ghosts and ghouls, after all.

If you can’t resist some spook-tacular décor, keep things tasteful, both indoors and out. Choose these festive options over their kitschy counterparts.

Red front door exterior with fall leaves, pumpkins, and welcome sign

Crossing the Threshold

Think “fall chic,” not “happy Halloween,” when selecting décor for your front door. Stick to natural colours, foliage, and rustic details. Your front entrance way should offer potential buyers a warm welcome to your home, not scare them away.

Miniature pumpkins painted grey, gold and white on a tabletop
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Bringing Halloween Indoors

If you’re the type who normally has pumpkins inside the home, opt for miniature white or metallic gourds for a chic, unassuming accent that can fit almost any colour scheme. These can make for a fun DIY project the kids will love!

Black, gold and white-painted miniature pumpkins with flower vase and candle on a gold tray
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Choose Vignettes over Full Coverage

Your festive décor should serve to add some style to your home, not steal the whole show. Vignettes allow you to create charming arrangements that hint at a holiday theme while bringing in a variety of elements like plants and candles. Another bonus? You can make them portable by using a tray or platter for ultimate versatility.

Halloween Rules to Sell By:

  • Stick with fall colours rather than Halloween colours.
  • Never scare your potential buyers with décor that makes unexpected sounds or movements (you know the ones).
  • Keep your front lawn clear of gravestones, inflatables, cotton spider webs, or anything that conveys “haunted house.”
  • Less is always more. Keep it simple and chic.

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