Selling your home during the holidays can be a little tricky. As a family, you want to celebrate the season, but you also want to be sure that your holiday spirit and decor doesn’t ward off potential home buyers.
So, what’s a home owner to do?
The answer is in the way you stage you home. You can still maintain your traditions and Christmas spirit while selling your home, but it will take a certain balance to do it the best way. Use these tips below when staging your home to sell during holiday season.
Wreaths are not only great Christmas decor, but they also have a powerful welcoming effect for visitors. Wreaths are a traditional look that appear very inviting for potential home buyers. Try hanging a pine or cranberry wreath on your door during the holiday season and don’t be afraid to leave it up until after the New Year. Wreaths also have a way of helping people remember your house long after they leave… remember that house with the pine wreath with the red bow?? Give potential home buyers an easy way to remember your house from the competition and hang a wreath this holiday season.
Don’t think that you can’t put a Christmas tree just because you’re selling your home! Just be cautious about where you decide to set it up. Make sure that your tree does not block any pathways in your home. A tree that is too large in your room will make the area feel cramped and overwhelming to potential buyers. You always want to your home to feel spacious and welcoming, so place your tree in a place that puts it on display, not in the way.
Any presents that you place under your Christmas tree are at risk of damage or theft. So, be sure that you keep your presents hidden until Christmas morning. Although it is always our goal to keep your home and belongings as safe as possible, things happen. If you have any concerns about your decor or gifts, let us know ahead of time and we can help to personally advise you.
The winter months can often mean that your house is a little colder than normal. A major turn off for potential home buyers can be walking into a cold home. The colder the home, the less time potential buyers will want to spend there. Make sure that you set your thermostat to a warm temperature during the holiday season. We always recommend that your home be set at a reasonable temperature, like 68-70 degrees.
While you may love all of your Christmas decorations, be aware of how many decorations you are putting up. Too many decorations can have the effect of making a space look cluttered. As a good rule of thumb, just try to keep your decorations simple when you are staging your home to sell during the holiday season.
Take the extra step to give potential home buyers a safe entrance into your home. Salt or sand your walkway before each showing. No one wants to skate their way into your home, that’s stressful! Give people a positive experience as they enter your home and make sure your pathway is clear.
When you are staging your home to sell during the holiday season, be sure that you also pay attention to the exterior of your home. Even though the trees may be bare and ugly this season, you can still give your home a burst of curb appeal by lining the walkway with white lights or a well decorated Christmas tree in your front yard. Giving potential home buyers something beautiful to look at as they enter your home will make them feel more invited and drawn to your home.
If you’re selling your home this holiday season and want some extra help strategizing your staging, be sure that you reach out to Byron Center Homes. We want to do everything we can to help your sell your home this holiday season!
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