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It’s that time of year again. The holiday season is upon us.

Halloween and Christmas decorations are prominently displayed in every brick and mortar store, and is it just me or does the selection of gigantic, inflatable lawn decorations seem even larger this year?

Maybe I missed the life-sized pirate ship and appropriately decked-out skeleton crew last year.

Whether you are adding to your existing arsenal of larger-than-life decorations or pulling your seasonal favorites down from the attic, it’s best to tone it down this year if you’re trying to sell your house.

Here are a few reasons to consider stifling your urge to make your house festively frightening or merry and bright if you want to sell it.

Seasonal decorations are distracting: Your primary objective when selling your house is to make it look as much like a modern model home as possible.

This calls for keeping things tidy, keeping all the accessories size- and color-coordinated, and arranging your furniture to show off the features of your house. Adding ghosts, goblins, elves and pine trees draws prospective buyers’ attention from your house to your things.

Rather than remember your hardwood floors and quartz counters, buyers will remember your pirates and your quartet of carolers.

Seasonal decorations might be offensive: Where there is a diverse population, there is diversity of beliefs and customs.

Completely unbeknownst to you, your choice of seasonal décor could potentially ruffle the feathers or raise the eyebrow of buyers and their family. This is one of the inconveniences of listing your house for sale during the holidays. You can’t live exactly the way you’d like.

You should focus on all the things you can do to attract as many potential buyers as possible.

Seasonal decorations take up space: While you’ve most likely done everything you can to make your house look as large and as full of light as possible, holiday decorations just add clutter.

They take up precious floor and counter space and will make everything look smaller and more cramped. Even if you swap out your everyday canisters, candleholders, lamps and vases for seasonally themed pieces, you’re back to the first suggestion.

This year, tone down the decorations.

If you must go down that path, then isolate it to a small area in a single room like the living room or the family room. Keep all of your other treasures in their storage boxes so they will be all ready to go when the moving van arrives.

And if you are fortunate enough to move into your next home before December, knock yourself out at the new place.

Leslie Sargent Eskildsen is an agent with Realty One Group. She can be reached at 949-678-3373 or

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