Traditionally, the holidays are a “slow” season for residential real estate sales. However, sometimes your home needs to be on the market during fall and winter. If your home is on the market this holiday season, take note of these special staging considerations.
The top priority of staging your home is to declutter so that buyers are not distracted by your stuff, and instead can focus on your home and its selling features. If you’ve taken the time to declutter and stage your home so that it feels spacious and appealing to potential buyers, the last thing you want to do is “re-clutter” with a profusion of holiday décor. On the other hand, especially if you have young kids, you don’t want to miss out on decorating and family holiday traditions. The good news is you don’t have to forgo holiday décor, simply minimize with a few well-chosen options. Here are my top tips for staging your home during the holiday season:
Avoid distracting and overwhelming buyers with your holiday décor. If you have 20 nutcrackers, choose only three to use in a simple display. In other words, keep it minimal—you don’t need to use every decoration you own.
Don’t hide your home’s selling features with decorations. If you have a beautiful bay window or over-sized entry door, you want buyers to remember these features, not fake spider webs and silicone cats and witches.
Use natural décor such as pumpkins, gourds, pinecones and nuts for Halloween and Thanksgiving.
For Christmas and Hanukkah season, use candles, fruit and fresh greenery and evergreens such as magnolia leaves, cedar stems and rosemary for garlands, wreaths and mantel décor.
Downsize your Christmas tree (consider a small table-top tree).
Consider how your holiday decorations reflect your personal beliefs, and decorate so that you won’t alienate potential buyers.
Brew a pot of apple cider with cinnamon sticks during your open houses.
If your holiday decorations are packed up in anticipation of moving, hire a home stager to give your home a bit of holiday flair with a buyer’s perspective in mind.