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      Holiday Lights Around Town and How Not To Screw Up Your Home Sale This Season

      With Christmas just a week away, you've probably decked the halls of your home with boughs of holly, prepping once again for that time of the year when your home becomes a gathering place for family and friends to celebrate the season. Boston, in particular, is one of those cities where, during the holidays, homes look so picturesque as if they were on postcards. Just check out the gallery of Instagrams we've collected showing how creative Bostonians can get during Christmas:

      This house has some serious Christmas Lights Game

      A photo posted by Mike (@mikest1) on Dec 12, 2014 at 7:41pm PST

      However, the holiday season is also a good time to start selling your home. And if you're on the verge of selling your property this season, you may be wondering if it is OK to decorate for the holidays. Well the good news is yes, you can! Here are some tips to help you along the way without turning off buyers:

      Keep it classic

      It may be family tradition to "deck the halls" across every square inch of your house, but, if you are trying to sell your home, it may be better to scale back. When selling a home, it's important to present it in a way that others can see themselves living in. For this reason, you should focus on seasonal décor rather than, say, religious decorations.

      Use the holidays to create warmth in your home. The lights and color can warm anyone's heart. With the right touch, holiday decorations can create an emotional attraction for a buyer to your home. A cold, undecorated home can't compete with one that has the fireplace roaring, the smell of fresh baked cookies, and elegant, yet festive décor.

      Keep it tidy

      Of course, there's always the risk of things looking untidy. Most people love holiday decorations, but only to certain extent. Remember that however you decorate, don't distract prospective buyers from the space, since holiday decorations can cause clutter, which could potentially make a room or space look smaller. Some tips to help you stay tidy:

      • Hide unsightly wires.
      • Stay away from decorations covered in glitter.
      • Decorate with intention; try to create a mood.

      Keep it in season

      One area where you likely won't want to display holiday decorations: your listing photos. Holiday decorations can unintentionally date a photo, especially if the house is still on the market after New Year's passes. This trick makes sure that the listings doesn't become unintentionally tacky post the holiday season.

      Keep it safe

      Holiday candles may leave a home smelling and looking beautiful, but, don't forget, they can also be extremely dangerous. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 42 home candle fires are reported every day, and December is the peak time of the year for such fires. So, instead of using candles to add holiday cheer, consider getting flameless alternatives and using lightly scented sprays as safer alternatives. Hopefully these tricks and tips will make your home sale faster this festive season!

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