For a faster, more profitable home sale
Holiday home staging is a fine balancing act for those trying sell their home, yet wanting to celebrate the holiday season in their usual fashion.
Though you want your home to be cozy during the holidays, you need to keep it somewhat neutral so that buyers can visualize themselves in your home.
Finding that balance can be difficult, so keep reading for helpful tips that will give you the holiday spirit, but also let buyers envision themselves in your home.
This isn’t the most convenient time of year to sell a home, but for those with no other option, it’s helpful to know that most house hunters are serious buyers.
After all, why else would anyone spend this special time of year looking for a house unless they're ready to buy?
In addition, you will face less competition in the marketplace, as most people prefer to sell their home in spring and summer. With a limited inventory of houses on the market, you may be able to sell your house faster and for more money!
If you stage your home properly and price it right, you could be on your way to your new home sooner than expected.
This is a cozy time of year, when friends gather together, bake goodies and drink hot cider or hot chocolate.
Arouse feelings of seasonal spirit by setting the stage with tasteful holiday decorations and yummy goodies.
Cozy up your home with candles (use battery operated) and warm blankets with winter themes.
Nothing says warm and cozy like a fireplace, so decorate your fireplace mantle and place a basket of firewood (birch wood is always pretty) near the hearth.
Recreate that wonderful feeling of warmth and coziness with your holiday home staging and buyers are sure to fall in love with your home.
Curb appeal may be the most important aspect of home staging. After all, if buyers don't like the outside, they'll just drive on by
First impressions are vital when you have a house for sale.
It's always a critical moment when buyers drive up to the curb in front of your house and decide whether to go in or drive on past!
Now isn’t the time to inflate that 10 foot tall Frosty the Snowman or drag Santa and all his reindeer up to the roof.
It’s best to depersonalize your Christmas decorations of religious items as well, as so many people are easily offended these days.
Maintaining the exterior of your house is also important in fall and winter, as bare trees and dormant flowerbeds leave your home unadorned and barren.
Keep the landscape spruced up and sidewalk and stairs free of snow and ice.
Home staging is all about neutralizing and paring down to make your home look larger and more appealing to as many buyers as possible.
Think less-is-more while your house is on the real estate market.
Now isn’t the time to bring out little Pam’s paper mache manger scene from the second grade, or Christopher’s army of cotton ball snowmen.
Stash away your Santa collection so buyers can focus on your home, not your collection. Think minimal when it comes to decorating to avoid a cluttered look.
Now is a good time to pack up your treasured holiday ornaments, Christmas crafts and personalized decorations for your new home.
Decorating any home interior should always begin by locating the focal point(s) of a room. This applies to holiday home staging, as well.
Highlight focal points with tasteful holiday decorations, so that buyers can’t help but notice them.
Focal point Christmas decorating ideas:
Cluster pots of poinsettias in groups of three. Why three? Odd-numbered arrangements are simply more pleasing and appear less studied to the eye.
Sabrina Soto, interior decorator from HGTV, advises not to use any object “smaller than a grapefruit” when accessorizing. Small accessories tend to "disappear" in the overall landscape of a room.
Fill baskets with glass ornaments or fir boughs and place on a coffee table, the floor or flanking a fireplace.
Fill large glass canisters with Christmas ornaments or objects from nature, like pine cones, cinnamon sticks or mandarin oranges; place one on each side of a fireplace mantle.
Hang an evergreen wreath over the fireplace mantle, or suspended from a ribbon in a window.
Everything looks great on a tray! Arrange a tray with Christmas ornaments, greenery, candles, pinecones, Christmas cookies…
Accessorize kitchen countertops or the dining table with a bowl of pomegranates or mandarin oranges. Keep counter tops clear of anything not decorative to make your kitchen look more spacious.
Make a simple holiday centerpiece for your dining table. For help in creating elegant vignettes for the holiday, see how to make a vignette.
Stage bathrooms by hanging towels in holiday colors.
If you’re planning an Open House, here are a few tips to help buyers remember your home above all the others:
Appeal to the sense of smell
A home that smells wonderful will leave a positive impression on buyers. Leave a pot of apple cider with cinnamon sticks or other Christmas spices simmering on the stove.
Infuse your home with the smell of baking.
(This is a classic real estate marketing strategy! When I was a Realtor, I found that a few people were suspicious of a tray of cookies baking in the oven. What are they trying to hide?! But most buyers appreciated the cookies.)
House hunters will certainly appreciate a plate of tasty cookies, hot chocolate or apple cider. Avoid chocolate treats, as "little fingers" may smudge your freshly painted walls.
Arrange your holiday goodies attractively on a tray with napkins.
Fill a decorative bowl with nutmeg-laden oranges and lemons.
Cedar boughs are especially fragrant; fill baskets with cedar, hang a cedar wreath on a wall or door, or dress a fire place mantle with boughs.
Avoid artificial odor remover products…they smell fake and the plug-in oil ones leave a nasty, viscous feeling in your mouth. Buyers can always detect a bad odor lurking under artificial sprays. Instead, find the source of the odor and fix it.
Keep your home warm and toasty
Turn up the heat of for your Open House to tempt buyers into staying longer. A crackling fire in the fireplace is always a winner.
Buyers that sit down is always a good sign! They are imagining themselves living in your home.