By Jaymi Nacirins
If you’re planning to put your home up for sale during the holidays, you have a lot of things to consider – most importantly, how to price it right to attract buyers during this busy time of year. But home staging is always a concern when selling a home, and during the holidays, it becomes even more important.
“Although the holiday season can be a hectic time for showing and selling your home, there is a major advantage to staging and showing your home at this time of year: You have a chance to show your home at its very best, adorned with warmth and cheer that’s sure to charm,” said Realtor.com.
Indeed, the good news is that tasteful holiday décor can enhance a home and make it feel inviting. They bad news: Your collection of 100-plus holiday snow globes may have to take a hiatus this year.
“You want them to be impressed with your house, not distracted by decorations,” said Houzz. “So keep it simple this year. If minimizing the ‘ho ho ho’ cramps your style, just remind yourself that you can go all-out next year in your new home.”
Follow these tips to hit all the right notes when staging a home for sale during the holidays.
- Remember the curb appeal.
You might like the idea of being the neighborhood spectacle, with every inch of the lawn covered in dazzling displays, but that might have to wait until after you move.
“Step away from the inflatable snowman, Clark Griswold,” said HGTV. “One man’s ‘merry’ is another man’s ‘tacky,’ so tone down any garish light displays while your home is on the market. (No, your neighbors didn’t pay us to say that.) Instead, use simple string lighting to play up your home’s architecture or draw attention to the gorgeous fir tree in your front yard.”
- Don’t overdo the indoors either.
You don’t ever want so much holiday decor out that people can’t see the bones of your house. If you’ve covered up your countertops and every other surface, you’ve probably gone slightly too far.
- Declutter before you design.
Decluttering is the No. 1 tip for staging your home for sale at any time of the year. When you know you’re about to layer on a whole bunch of accessories and bring in an actual tree to the home (real or otherwise), paring down is even more critical.
“If your living room is already piled high with clutter, your ceramic reindeer collection is only going to add to the sense of overcrowding,” said HGTV.
- Make your fireplace shine.
Your fireplace mantle is always a favorite place to decorate for the holidays, and drawing attention to this important focal point is just plain smart at the holidays. Drape some holly intertwined with white lights, create a display of pine cones and candles and you’re good to go.
- Be sensitive to different cultures.
While pretty much everyone can appreciate pretty holiday lights, an abundance of religious imagery might turn off some of your potential buyers – especially if you’re in an area with a multitude of cultures.
- Mind your colors.
A home that’s decorated in Earth tones may be able to handle a bright red-and-green Christmas display, but what if you’ve recently painted your living room navy blue? Complementary colors can make all the difference in creating a soothing and special design.
- Make your holiday decorations fit the style of the home.
You’ll also want to take a good look at the style of your holiday decorations. They may reflect a couple of decades of family traditions that are special to you, but if they don’t match your home’s style, potential buyers may not receive them so warmly.
“If you have a modern home, consider tasteful modern holiday decorations,” said Parade. “Selling your home at the beach? Your decorations should reflect this vibe.”
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