• December 14, 2018

How to Stage Your Home When Selling During the Holidays


How to Stage Your Home When Selling During the Holidays

Colorful twinkling lights, Christmas trees, sparkling snowflakes, glowing reindeer and an inflatable balloon of Santa Claus make up the joyful landscape of the holiday season. Of course, everyone loves to see a plethora of Christmas decorations, except potential home buyers. If you are selling your home this holiday season, read this guide to help you properly stage your property and attract house hunters.

First, here are some helpful things to remember:

Avoid Personalized Decorations

You probably love your children’s hand-made Christmas ornaments, pictures with Santa, and the stockings with every family member’s name on it. Unfortunately, it is best to keep these hidden away when selling your house. Your personal life should not be displayed during this time. Avoid personalized and religious decorations and display only the generic ones like wreaths, Christmas trees, lights, snowmen, etc. You want your home to appeal to as many buyers as possible and help enable them to view their own personal belongings in the home.

Less is More

Potential home buyers want to imagine themselves living in your home, so keep the decorations as simple as possible. Too many rainbow lights, red bows, and mistletoes can be distracting to the viewer, as it does not enable them to view and appreciate the physical aspects of the home. Simple can still be beautiful.

Accentuate Your Home’s Best Features

When you sell your house, you want buyers to catch the best parts that it offers. You can do this by using decorations to accentuate its top features. For example, if you have high ceilings, purchase a tall Christmas tree. If you have a nice porch or patio, add a reindeer or decorate the railings. If you have a gorgeous fireplace, add Christmas candles or a pretty bow or two to make it more noticeable. Doing this makes your home look even more appealing to the buyer.

Now you’re probably wondering, “How exactly do I decorate my home properly?” Well, here’s a more in-depth, quick list of tips to help you do that.

1. Avoid putting reindeer on your roof, the entire nativity scene, rows of angels and inflatable characters on the property as these can be too overboard and distracting.

2. Limit the lights and only use white. Rainbow lights that are animated can also be distracting.

3. Keep it elegant, classic, and professional by adding a beautiful wreath on your door. Avoid witty and quirky decorations that might say things like “You’re not welcome if you’re on the naughty list,” or “Santa’s elves only!”

4. Put holiday cards away because they can make your home look messy.

5. Light a candle with a welcoming and soft scent like warm apple pie, baked cookies or vanilla.

6. Liven up bedrooms and bathrooms with holiday spirit by adding Christmas-themed hand towels and soaps.

7. Use the fire place to enhance the coziness of your home to make it a comfortable setting for potential buyers.

Stress is one of the largest concerns when selling a home. Staging, managing finances and documents, and simultaneously juggling the rest of your life can be completely draining. However, one thing is certain about selling your home: it’s a lot easier when you have a solid real estate agent to handle it. Remember, No-One Works Harder to Sell your Home more than Joe! Contact Joe today by calling 813-908-7293 or visit https://josephlewkowicz.com/