How to Stage Your Home for the Holiday Season
When your home is on the market during the holidays, it can feel difficult to get into the spirit of the season. However, selling your home at this time of year offers some unique advantages, including less competition, more serious buyers, and the opportunity to strategically use holiday decorations to create a sense of warmth and cheer. While this may not be the best time to display your entire collection of festive trinkets, the following home staging tips will help you strike a balance between holiday cheer and appeal to buyers:
- Err on the side of tasteful and minimalist. When selling your home, displaying giant inflatable snowmen on the lawn is probably not the best way to reel in buyers. In addition, overtly religious decorations run the risk of making some buyers uncomfortable. Instead, opt for a few simple and understated decorations that evoke the seasonal spirit without distracting buyers from all that your home has to offer.
- Choose decorations that complement your home’s existing color scheme. For example, if your home features earthy colors, accent with rich hues like gold, cranberry, and forest green. On the other hand, if you have light neutral colors like white or beige, opt for wintry white or silver decorations.
- Create some seasonal aromas. Prior to a showing, set a pot of apple cider simmering on the stove, or put cookies in the oven to bake. These will yield warm aromas that will instantly have buyers feeling festive—and offering them tasty treats will help ensure that they will remember your home positively!
- Use holiday decorations to accentuate your home’s best features. For instance, dangling mistletoe can attract attention to a grand entrance, garland, and ornaments or a simple string of lights can highlight a fireplace, or a tall tree can be used to draw buyers’ eyes towards a high ceiling.