It’s that time of year again. There are Christmas carols playing everywhere you go, evergreen decorations are in windows and on stairwells, there are lights wrapped around the trees, and it’s a little bit chillier. Well in Katy, Tx it may not be that much chillier. It’s a great time of year for decorating your home with all of your favorite holiday treasures.
When you’re trying to sell your home during the holidays decorating can be a tricky thing. You want your house to be cheerful, but also neutral enough that potential homebuyers can imagine themselves spending next Christmas gathered around that fireplace. Trying to navigate the Christmas spirit mixed with a neutral palate can be tricky. We’ve compiled some of the easiest home staging tips to help you get through the holidays AND sell your home.
Clutter is the first enemy of any home staging endeavor. You don’t want to have too much going on in your house. Clutter can distract the eye from beautiful features. Clutter also makes the home seem smaller than it truly is. So before you decorate, while you decorate, and even after go through your home and store everything you don’t need or isn’t fantastic. If you don’t love it, let it go. Doing this in stages while decorating can be extremely beneficial.
Be matchy matchy with home staging:
Try to coordinate your holiday decorations with your existing décor. If you have a modern style home painted in blacks, whites and grays, maybe the traditional Christmas look of reds and greens isn’t best for you. Match your holiday style with your home style so everything blends smoothly.
Don’t take it personally:
Holidays are time for family, so of course you have a lot of personal holiday items. Maybe your tree is covered with sentimental ornaments, or you put past Christmas photo cards on the refrigerator, maybe there are family photos taken from Christmases passed lining your front hall. These are great and we all love reminders of happy times, but when you’re trying to sell your home for top dollar it’s best to leave the personal things in the box for this year. So opt for a more department store looking tree. Some matching Christmas ornaments and a few ribbons can be very neutral and still festive.
No Charlie Brown Christmas trees:
Find a tree that’s the perfect size. It needs to fit in beautifully with your home. A tree too small won’t look right. A tree too big will make your home seem too small. Your star shouldn’t touch your ceiling! The right sized tree can make all the difference when staging your home for sale.
Keep it simple:
This is easier said than done, we know. It’s easy to get carried away during the holiday season. Try to not over do it though. Maybe this year string some white lights out front, but leave the inflatable snow globe for the front yard in the attic. A touch of garland on the stairwell is perfect, but there’s no need to have it dripping from the walls in every room.
Keep that front door cheerful:
Front door appeal is imperative when selling your home for top dollar. A beautiful wreath does very well during this time. Maybe a ceramic St Nick on the porch to greet potential buyers. Just remember tip number five when decorating your front door. First impressions are key, so keep it simple and beautiful.
Take it easy on the collections:
Yes, you spent years accumulating that many nutcrackers. We know you’re proud of them, but this year let’s keep them in the garage. Collections can break many of the rules above. They’re personal, they clutter, and they’re not keeping it simple. One or two items from your collection of snow globes, candle lit houses, or cookie jars is fine. Let’s just keep the other twenty five items in storage.
Don’t block beautiful features:
If you have an incredible fireplace don’t hide it with stockings and garland. Highlight features instead of hiding them. A few festive candles on the mantle is perfect. Don’t cover your bay windows. If you want multiple offers on your home, you’re going to want people to see the beauty in it especially during the holidays.
These tips can help you survive a crazy time of year mixed with a crazy time of life. Holidays are stressful. Selling your home is stressful. Don’t add anymore stress on yourself with wondering how to stage your home. Follow these simple tips and you’ll be singing carols all season long. Better yet call See Tim Sell Realty today and we can help you sell your home fast and for top dollar. We have a lot of experience with home staging and can help you every step of the way. Take the stress off yourself this season! Contact us today!