Staging Your Home For Holiday Showings...And A Quick Sale!
If you do, indeed, celebrate the Season and decorate for the holidays
while your home is on the market for sale, the following tips should
help you prepare for showings to any prospective buyers that might
be shopping during this busy time of the year.
1.) Keep your holiday décor to a minimum, and don’t overdo it.
Less is definitely more, and choose classic, tasteful pieces.
2.) Avoid displaying too many holiday collections like multiple
snowmen, nutcrackers or angels throughout the home. A few
of these items is fine, but not all over the house. When showing
the home for sale, you want prospective buyers to focus on the
home, not the collections.
3.) Decorations should be in good, like new condition. This is not
the year to display those worn holiday figurines passed down
from Grandma, like your favorite Angel with the missing wing
or the faded & crinkled St. Nicolas from holidays past.
4.) It is recommended to use an artificial tree this year, to avoid any
possibility of potential fires when tree lights are left on for buyer
showings. Some people are highly allergic to real pine or fir
trees, and this might interfere with their taking the time needed to
view the home adequately if they are considering buying it.
5.) Although the tree lights do add to the charm of the Season, never
leave them on for long period of time while you are away. When
there is a showing appointment scheduled, turn them on just before
the showing, and ask the showing agent to call as soon as the buyers
are finished so you can return home to turn holiday lights off.
6.) Keep it simple too in decorating the fireplace mantle and hearth.
If you light the fireplace for showings, use the same wisdom as
above for the tree lights. Again, use artificial holiday wreaths and
garlands on or near fireplaces to reduce potential for fire hazards.
7.) Use winter scented home fragrances with the Christmas tree scent,
But don’t overdo it; and mist only one main living area to keep
holiday scents subtle and not overpowering. I had one client use
a pine cone scented candle in the living area and holiday cookie
dough candle in the kitchen. It was fabulous, and the home sold quick!
8.) Outdoor lighting is great since the shorter days during the holiday season
Usually mean more buyers will likely drive by at night. Update the
outdoor lighting with clear bright or one single color holiday lights
accented with holiday wreaths & bright ornaments or bows. Add
a matching wreath with bright bow to the mailbox & it is smashing!
Also, if weather permits, some seasonal color is great too! I would
suggest eye catching red flowers or flowering shrubs or shrubs with
9.) If you want to play seasonal background music, play holiday and special
seasonal tunes from instrumental music, without the words. Just remember
to keep the volume turned down low to create background music as some
buyers feel stressed and want to exit if the volume is too loud.
If you should decide to take photos of the home with the holiday decorations, be
prompt to take down all holiday decorations once the Season is over and retake
all photos of the home’s interior and exterior without the decorations. Normally
this would need to be done no later than 15th of January if home is not already
under a sales contract by that time.
These same tips can be followed for any open houses or real estate tours that
showcase your home for sale during the holiday season while decorations are
still in place. When carefully and tastefully done, as outlined above, these
have proven to work well to promote the home’s special flexibility for fun
holiday gatherings and help buyers visualize themselves living in the home.
For more information on staging your home to sell during the holiday season,
Call Jeanie Elliott of Jeanie Elliott REALTORS. Jeanie is a CHMS, Certified
Home Marketing Specialist. The CHMS designation is the only home staging
program recognized by the Texas Association of REALTORS. A CHMS home
home staging and marketing plan is included when you list your home and
sell with Jeanie Elliott REALTORS at no additional cost.
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