There is a fine line between enhancing your home for sale during the holiday season and alienating buyers. As a seller you must skillfully walk that line, creating a family-friendly atmosphere of warmth and elegance. Stage your house just right, and the holidays can bring in a wealth of serious buyers. So go on and deck those halls, just keep these holiday real estate tips in mind when you do.
Your goal when decorating your house for holiday sale is to create a warm inviting atmosphere while keeping everything buyer friendly. Light the fireplace and set the thermostat to a warm temperature. A cold house will seem sterile and uninviting.
Light the Way…to a Quick Holiday Sale
Bringing in light, especially during the dreary days of fall and winter, is an important part of decorating your house for the holiday real estate market. Open the curtains, turn on the lights or add more lamps. Light your porch, house number and walkway. Solar lights are a great choice. They are inexpensive and you can always be sure your house’s exterior is lit up, even when you can’t be at home.
Go Neutral and Avoid Religious Decorations
It is inevitable that religious décor shows up in people’s homes during the holiday season. However, if you are staging your house to sell, it’s best to put a kibosh on the religious decorations. Remove crosses, statues and religious pictures from view. Make your house as neutral as possible. Neutral holiday decorations simply done such as greenery, a door wreath, lights, candles or other winter themed decorations can all help add that special holiday touch without alienating buyers.
Keep it Simple
Holiday decor can add a cozy homey feeling to your house. While a few tasteful decorations can enhance your home’s attractiveness to buyers, too much holiday cheer will drive them away in droves. If you really must decorate, an elegant, simply decorated Christmas tree is a great way to go. Fresh trees smell great but are high maintenance. Instead opt for a realistic looking artificial tree and use a pine scented air freshener or candle. You’ll get the same effect with no maintenance.
Scent It Up
By all means, have a variety of holiday scents throughout your house, but don’t go too heavy on any one scent or it will have an offensive effect. A good rule of thumb is to stick with one scent per floor of your house. Want to create a pleasing holiday fragrance without the use of artificial sprays or air fresheners? Try burning some scented candles, putting lightly scented soaps in the bathrooms or baking some cookies.
Set the Stage…For a Party
Holiday time is party time. Invite guests to your own house hunting party by staging your home for a party. Break out your best dishes and set your dining room table for a dinner party. Create a festive table top, put out an elegant centerpiece and help holiday house hunters imagine themselves entertaining under your roof.
Keep Outside Staging Simple and Elegant
We’ve all driven by houses and snickered at the tacky holiday decorations. That is definitely not the first impression you want to give potential buyers. When decorating the outside of your house for the holiday real estate market, keep it simple and elegant. Nix the cutesy snowmen and giant blow up Santa. You want house hunters to notice your house, not the decorations. Instead, decorate your house with items that enhance your home. Fresh greenery is a great option for putting people in the holiday house buying mood. String garland and white twinkle lights and add a wreath to your front door. Don’t overdo the lights and make sure they look tidy. A few simple pots of mums or poinsettias can really jazz up your entryway. Invest in an inexpensive new doormat.
Host a Holiday Themed Open House
To set yourself apart in the holiday real estate market, consider hosting a holiday themed open house. Have some cookies and hot cider on hand and host your open house at twilight.
For more tips on selling your house see the following articles:
Tips for Successfully Selling Your House During Fall
Simple Tips for Cleaning Your House for Sale
Simple Tips for Landscaping Your House Before a Sale