If you’re selling your home around the holiday season, you may feel compelled to deck the halls as you get ready for showings. As long as you follow the usual staging principles, seasonal décor can add warmth and welcome buyers to your home. Here are some tips from our Willis Allen Real Estate pros that will help you create a festive feel that won’t be a turn-off for potential homebuyers.
- Keep it simple. Whatever time of year, simplicity is always the #1 rule of staging. Choose a few classic and elegant items to bring in touches of the season (skip grandma’s 20-piece Christmas village collection and baby Suzy’s favorite inflatable Santa). Think pinecones, poinsettias, a wreath, candles, etc. You want your holiday décor to flow with the existing colors and style of your home, so avoid loud or clashing patterns.
- Instead of adding to your existing décor, make sure to remove an item or two to make room for the holiday items. Less is always more when staging! Clutter and bulky décor can distract homebuyers and detract from the space.
- Work with what you’ve got. Holiday decorations can draw attention to attractive features of your home. For example, a tall Christmas tree (modestly decorated with timeless ornaments) can showcase a vaulted ceiling, candlesticks add elegance to a mantle, mistletoe, holly and ivy perfectly adorn arched entries, and seasonal pillows create a snug bay window space.
- Don’t forget the cookies. Subtle scents of apple cider, pine, and cinnamon also work well with holiday staging. Burn a holiday-scented candle before your showings, or bake a batch of holiday cookies prior to an open house to create a warm, inviting atmosphere that hits all the senses.