Home Staging for the Holiday Season

We have read and reposted some great blogs and articles on home staging during the holiday season, and we don’t want to be redundant. However, there are a few things that we strongly believe in, and want to express them. We believe that:

  • It is alright to decorate your home for the holidays when it is on the market (see more tips below), but take MLS photos before you decorate your home. If your home is on the market after the holiday season, your listing online will look stale if it shows it was listed during the holidays.
  • Keep the decorations as nondenominational as possible – meaning- no crosses, Star of David, or nativity scenes. Remember, the buyers are trying to imagine themselves living in your home. They do not want to be thinking about who lives there now.
  • holiday1Interior and exterior lights are part of the holiday season, but try not to overdo it! Please avoid flashing, multi colored outdoor lights. A tasteful set of white lights is best when your home is on the market. Outside your home, consider lighting only the front door area, and maybe a tree near the entrance to the driveway. The photo here, from Wilson Kelsey Design is a great example of a tastefully lit entry.
  • For the interior, keep holiday decorations to a minimum. Remember, buyers are trying to view the home and too many decorations will be a distraction.
  • Decorate your tree with only three or four different, yet coordinating, ornaments to keep the tree simple and classy. Leave any personal ornaments with names or family photos off this year. Also, like outside, only use white lights.
  • Use decorations that compliment your current color palette. If your home is already decorated in neutral colors you can add some holiday colors such as blue or red. But, don’t mix colors or you could create a distraction rather than cohesion. If you have a strong color palette, such as a red room, decorate with either silver or gold accents. Metallics are always a safe bet, and will add shine while bouncing light to your existing colors around the space.
  • Home staging done properly accentuates the positive features of your home. So, if you have a particularly interesting architectural feature, like a fireplace, gabled window or arched doorway, show it off with holiday décor.
  • holiday2Coats and boots can tend to pile up during the cold months, so be diligent about stashing them away. If you have a mudroom, please keep it tidy; a good tip is to have only one coat out per person who lives in the home. If you don’t already have them, purchase matching baskets to hold gloves and scarves like these from Target at only $16.99 to give your mudroom a cohesive and tidy look.
  • Show your agent how to work your gas fireplace if you have one, or light the fire and ask you agent to tend it before open house to give a warm cozy feel.
  • Although many stagers suggest baking cookies prior to open house, we think it’s a little “hokey” (and frankly, buyers seem to be aware of this trick as well). We suggest quartering a lemon or orange and putting it through your garbage disposal for a fresh scent.
  • Snow can be a pain to deal with, but please keep your walks and drive way clear of it. A nice dry walkway and drive way is a must if you want to make a good impression on buyers. And, just look on the bright side – snow hides a multitude of sins, maybe your flower beds are in need of mulch, maybe you didn’t get the final lawn maintenance done – snow hides these minor flaws.

We know it’s not easy to live in a staged home, and possibly even more difficult during the holidays. But, if you follow these steps, you will be on the road to success. Remember, there may be fewer buyers during the winter holidays, but they are more serious!

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