Home Photography During Halloween

No matter the season, selling your home is serious business– but does it mean you have to miss out on decorating your home? Home photography during Halloween can be a tough one especially if you enjoy dressing up your home with spider webs, jack-o-lanterns and black cats.  Don’t let putting your home up for sale stand in your way.  However, if you want your home to remain appealing to potential buyers, you may want to consider keeping the bloody handprints, tombstones, and zombies stored away this year.

Potential buyers looking this time of year often tend to be more serious, so you don’t want to scare them away. Never fear by using some of the ideas below, home photography during Halloween doesn’t have to end up being such a frightful experience.

Decorate For The Season not the Holiday

Avoid any cringe-worthy Halloween décor like bloody handprints, tombstones, or zombies. Instead consider lightly decorating the exterior of your home for the season instead of the holiday.  Consider using fall décor like pumpkins, a fall leaf wreath, or a friendly scarecrow. That way no one gets offended. By using decorations that can easily be removed and replaced on the day of your photo shoot you don’t risk dating your listing.

Leave the inside alone.

While decorating the outside of your home with some basic seasonal décor is fine, you may want to skip the interior this year.  When potential buyers step foot into your home, it’s important that they are able to envision what their life could be if they lived there. If you decide to put any decorations inside the home for the spooky holiday, a little dish of Halloween candy for buyers and agents to grab as they walk through the home is always appreciated.

Avoid any permanent damage.

While you may have had have no problem nailing decorations to the walls of your home in the past, doing any further potential damage to your home should be avoided while it’s for sale.  When potential buyers come through your home, you don’t want them wondering what else in the house may have been mistreated.  If you are hanging any decorations make sure to use products that won’t cause any new holes or remove paint.

Know when to call it a day.

Once Halloween is over, your decorations should be to.  Leaving them up too long can actually devalue your home and make it looked unkempt.   Be sure to take down any interior or exterior decorations by November 1st.  Along with taking down décor, be sure to give your home a good cleaning so that it looks great for the next potential buyer.