Staging your home is a clever way to make a faster sale any time of the year. This is especially true during the holiday season. A few carefully-placed decorations can help prospective buyers imagine themselves celebrating the holiday festivities and making their own memories in the house.
There are a lot of options to give your home staging a little holiday spirit and maximize your house’s potential. If you’re short on time or want a little help, consult home and garden magazines or even online interior design services for some additional support. Home staging may not make or break any home sale, but it always helps the process so you want to make sure to maximize every chance you have. Here are a few tips to get you started!
Exterior Try to limit your use of outside decorations; LED Halloween setups and inflatable Santas in the front yard can quickly go from festive to distracting. The best course of action is to keep it minimal. A tasteful wreath and bow, a bright doormat, decorative pumpkins or lanterns on either side of the front door are cute touches to wow potential buyers before even stepping foot inside.
Dining Room Your staging of the dining room is an opportunity to allow your guests to picture themselves personalizing and enjoying the space during their own holiday meals. Maintain warm lighting with overhead lights and candle accents to create an inviting, multifunctional dining space. Fresh seasonal flowers, simple centerpieces featuring faux leaves or evergreens also make beautiful additions to tie the room together and draw the eye to the table. Remember to arrange groups of decor in a triangular patterns and varied sizes to give the room an eye-pleasing and organized feel.
Living Room The living room is the heart of the home and as it has more opportunities for subtle staging, it should be given a bit more attention than the rest of the house. Don’t hide standout features by covering them in decorations. Keep the fireplace stocking-free, and any big bay windows clear of large decorations. When displaying holiday accessories, you should also try to display only your smaller devotional and personal items to keep the room as accessible and uncluttered as possible. If a Christmas tree is a must for you and your family, make sure that you’re decorating the tree appropriately and try to look for smaller trees that take up less floor space. Keep it simple and use cohesive accessories like gold ribbons and small ornaments instead of bulky, personal trimmings.
Kitchen The kitchen is one of the more difficult rooms to decorate for the holidays, but one of the biggest selling points that buyers are looking at. Small accents like themed tea towels, seasonal flower displays above cabinets or fresh cut flowers are more than enough to make your kitchen feel like home and not crowded. Lastly, try using cinnamon or pine-scented candles, or better yet, plan ahead and make your own room freshener by simmering water, citrus peels, essential oils or cinnamon sticks.
With a little time and effort, you’ll be able to beautifully stage your home in the spirit of the holidays to improve your chances of selling and still celebrate the season!