Holiday Decor That Can Help You Sell Your Home
Staging your home during the holidays adds a few extra variables to an already crowded equation, and getting it right can give you a welcome edge over the competition. Of course, it's also nice to enjoy some holiday cheer even during the busy days of selling a house. Get the best of both worlds, our REALTORS® at RE/MAX DFW Associates have made this list (and we've checked it twice) with ten tips for staging your home during the holiday season.
- Light Decorating – The general rule when selling a house is that you want as few personal adornments present as possible, but it's okay to stretch that rule a bit during the holidays. You'll find, however, that most of our decorating ideas are on the lighter side because it's still important to strike the right balance with open space.
- A Stately Centerpiece – The dining room table is a natural area of focus when showing your home and the perfect place for some understated holiday decorating. Look for a centerpiece that matches the color tones of the room and the table where it will be displayed.
- A Festive Fireplace – Even when there aren't any chestnuts roasting, a cozy fireplace is a symbol of the holiday season. Adding some decorations to your fireplace mantle is a great way to accentuate this part of your home.
- Choosing a Tree – When selling your home, it's usually a good idea to skip the mess of a real tree and go with an artificial one. Choose ornaments and garland that match the color tones of your home. The tree can be beautiful, but the home is the main attraction.
- Holiday Scents – The smells of the season are powerful reminders of happy holiday times and choosing light holiday scents can add some atmosphere to your home. The smell of fresh-baked cookies--cinnamon, especially--is always pleasant. Be careful not to make the scents too strong.
- Limited Lights – Holiday lights can add a nice touch outdoors when selling your home, but in this case less is more. Use lights to highlight prominent positive features of your home, but save the holiday lighting spectacular for the first Christmas at your new home.
- Outdoor Decor – No matter how much your kids love that giant, inflatable reindeer, home buyers are unlikely to share the same enthusiasm. Keep the lawn decorations to a minimum, and be sure to keep your yard clean too.
- Traditional Decorations – Wreathes are among the oldest symbols of the holiday season, and do a nice job of adding atmosphere without being overwhelming.
- A Grand Entrance – The entrance of your home is a priority no matter when you're selling, and it's a great place for some tasteful decorating during the holidays. This is the place to hang a few strings outdoor lights, and a wreath will also look quite nice on your front door.
- Holiday Treats – We mentioned the smells of the season earlier; there's no better way to create those scents than whipping up a few tasty treats. Hot cocoa, coffee, tea, and cookies are always winners around the holidays.