If you’re selling during the holidays, you’ll have a lot of decisions to make about holiday decorating and staging. In the words of Clark Griswold:
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Selling during the holidays presents unique challenges in the area of home staging. You want your home to look festive and beautiful but you don’t want to turn off buyers. Here are a few tips for doing it the right way.
- Get photos before you decorate. If you’re staging your home for professional real estate pictures, hold off on putting up that Christmas tree until after your photos are taken. You don’t want your listing photos in February to show a tree sitting in the corner. It ages your listing and turns off buyers looking online. It will also save you from having to pay for new photos without the holiday trimmings.
- Go minimalist this year. If you do plan to decorate, consider using less stuff to decorate than you normally would. We usually like our Christmas tree to take up much of the visual space in a room. When your home is on the market, this is the opposite effect you want to have. Consider a skinny tree or one with a smaller footprint. Skip the personal ornaments and religious sentiments, and try for a color scheme that complements the colors already in your home.
- Be sparing with other decorations. It’s okay to deck the halls, but clutter, even the holiday kind, can be distracting to buyers. Keep the minimal idea in mind and put out less than your would normally.
- Don’t hide special features. Highlight your fireplace mantle with a tasteful grouping of items but don’t hide the fireplace behind a tree or other decor. Snowflakes on the windows might look cute but if they detract from the view, skip them this year.
- Don’t be “that guy.” Outside lights are fine but, just like inside, minimize and use them to highlight the unique features of your home. Skip the blow up lawn ornaments and life size nativity scene.
Selling during the holidays can be a great idea. Staging your home properly and knowing how to prepare your home for sale, which is a factor all year round, can make or break your listing during the winter months.