The holiday season from November through early January is often considered the least ideal time of year to list your house for sale. But the good news is, the brave few house-hunters who do venture out are serious about buying a house.
Holidays can be personal on many levels but you want to make sure your decor is neutral. Subtle holiday accents coupled with staging techniques you would employ any time of the year (like de-cluttering, lighting, home improvements) will make buyers want to ring in the new year in your house! Contact us to request your free home staging guide.
Try these tips to get buyers in the right spirit:
Clean & Stage: Before you decorate, your house needs to be staged. If your living room is already piled high with clutter your holiday pieces will only add to the sense of overcrowding.
Create a cozy & inviting ambiance: A few subtle touches like plush fabrics & pillows, a lit fireplace, a bowl of pinecones, and an evergreen wreath can create a warm and festive feeling in your home.
Keep your color palette in mind: Make sure your holiday collection matches your current decor and is not too bold or doesn't contrast too harshly.
Go light on lights: Put down the inflatable snowman! One man's "merry" is another man's "tacky," so tone down the high power light displays while your home is on the market.
Choose an appropriate tree: A tall Christmas tree can help show off a two-story great room ceiling but make sure the wide base won't overwhelm the floor space. If your living area is on the small side, save space with a skinny tree.
Clear the clutter: A few decorations can stir the holiday spirit, but don't feel obliged to hang every last ornament. You still want each space to look as spacious as possible. Limit yourself to a few hints of holiday flair.
Are you feeling the stress of listing your house for sale during the holidays? Check out HGTV's Tips to help ease your holiday selling stress!
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