24 Nov 6 HOME STAGING TIPS FOR THE SEASON
As if the Holiday Season wasn’t chaotic enough, adding “Selling Your Home” to your Holiday To-Do List can send even the best of us over the edge. However, the following six home staging tips for the holidays will make any home for sale more appealing to buyers and help it sell faster, for more.
TAKE YOUR CUE FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD
We all know The Holidays can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. So the very first thing you need to answer is the following question: Does your neighborhood always decorate for Christmas? Yes? In that case, buyers are going to expect the house to be decorated for Christmas.
Not so much? Or, is the home located in a diverse neighborhood where there are lots of religious holidays celebrated? Then your best bet is to tone down the holiday decor this year and keep it simple with the following types of ideas.
1. FIRST IMPRESSIONS ARE EVERYTHING
When you are selling your home chances are you won’t win your neighborhood holiday decorating contest, but you will sell your home much faster for it. This year you want to keep the multi-colored Christmas lights, nativity scenes, religious items and most of the inflatables characters in storage and keep the exterior decor of your home simple, yet elegant.
2. CREATE A WARM WELCOME
Even before the potential buyer enters the home. Make use of natural materials such as adding a garland to the mailbox, a wreath on or poinsettias by the front door adding just a touch of color. While white, silver or gold ribbon and a few strands of soft white lights for elegance all set the stage for celebrating the holidays without overwhelming and distracting buyers from the actual house you are trying to sell.
3. DON’T DECK THE HALLS
You may have already guessed it but when it comes to selling your home Less Is More is the name of the game PERIOD. Buyers are looking to buy a home, not your decor regardless of how beautiful, expensive or special your things may be to you.
Keep the holiday decor in one or two areas of the home, stick to natural and white, gold or silver color schemes adding just a touch of the season so people can imagine themselves spending the holidays here.
Emphasize architectural features and focal points such as a fireplace, built-ins, large bay windows, high ceilings, outdoor spaces, wooden floors, etc.. You want to draw your buyers’ attention and make sure that they visually see all those positive features, so they know what they are buying.
4. SIZE MATTERS
You want to make sure that you get a tree that matches the right size of the room. Get a skinny, smaller tree if the room is on the smaller side, on the other hand, accentuate the positive if you have high ceilings and space for it GO BIG with an evergreen tree and wow your buyers.
5. EDIT, EDIT AND EDIT SOME MORE
Now is the time to start packing! You are moving, right? Today’s buyers are smart and are generally looking for more square footage and storage. Don’t be fooled buyers will look in your pantry, closet, and every room. The more stuff you have, the smaller the space appears and the less storage it seems you have. Start with anything that is smaller than a football and anything you can live without for the next few months.
6. DON’T DATE THE HOME
Did you know that about 95% of homebuyers begin their search for a home online? Ensure that your listing photos are taken before you put on the glitz as nothing will date a photo like seasonal decor. While beautiful, seasonal decor will date the home. Once past the holidays seasonal decor will leave the buyer wondering why the home is still on the market.