Staging your home for sale during the holiday season can be challenging. As a seller you must skillfully walk a line, creating a family-friendly atmosphere of
warmth and festivity without alienating potential buyers. Stage your house with the right decorations, and the holidays can bring in a wealth of serious buyers. So deck those halls, just keep these holiday staging tips in mind when you do.
A Warm Home: Your goal when decorating your house for holiday sale is to create a warm inviting atmosphere while keeping everything buyer friendly. Light the fireplace and set the thermostat to a warm temperature. A cold house will seem sterile and uninviting.
Shine the Light: Letting the light shine, especially during the darker days of fall and winter, is an important part of decorating your house for the holiday real estate market. Open the curtains, turn on the lights – maybe even add more lamps. Light your porch, house number and walkway. Solar lights are a great choice since they are inexpensive and you can always be sure the outside is lit, even when you can’t be at home.
Keep it Neutral and Avoid Religious Decorations: It is inevitable that religious décor shows up in people’s homes during the holiday season. However, if you are staging your house to sell, it might be wise to not put out religious decorations this year. Remove crosses, statues and religious pictures from view. Make your house as neutral as possible. Neutral holiday decorations simply done such as greenery, a door wreath, lights, candles or other winter themed decorations can all help add that special holiday touch without alienating buyers.
Keep it Simple: Holiday decor can add a cozy feeling to your house. While a few tasteful decorations can enhance your home’s attractiveness to buyers, too many decorations could turn them off. Keep it simple – an elegant, simply decorated Christmas tree is the best way to go. While I prefer fresh trees, they can be high maintenance. If you opt for an artificial tree, choose one that’s well made and you can even use a pine scented air freshener or candle to replicate the real tree smell. You’ll get a similar effect with no maintenance.
That Delicious Smell: Having a variety of holiday scents throughout your house is great, but don’t go overboard on any one scent or it could have an offensive effect. The general rule of thumb is to stick with one scent per floor of your house. If you want to create a pleasing holiday fragrance without the use of artificial sprays or air fresheners, try burning some scented candles, putting scented soaps in the bathrooms or baking some cookies.
Set the Stage…For a Party Holiday time is the season for parties. Why not stage your home for a party! Break out your best dishes and set your dining room table as if you were having a dinner party. Create a festive table top, put out an elegant centerpiece and help buyers imagine themselves entertaining under your roof.
Don’t be the Griswolds: You know the houses that have all the tacky holiday decorations. That is definitely not the first impression you want to give potential buyers. When decorating the outside of your house for the holiday real estate market, keep it simple and elegant. Fore go the cutesy snowmen and giant blow up Santa this year. You want house hunters to notice your house, not the decorations. Instead, decorate your house with items that enhance your home. Fresh greenery is a great option for putting people in the holiday house buying mood. String garland and white twinkle lights and add a wreath to your front door.