By, Lisa Roberts
'Tis the time for celebrating! Thanksgiving is behind us, but Christmas and New Year are just around the corner. While everybody's decorating their homes for the upcoming holidays, you have to stage it for the forthcoming open-house events. But, a part of you still wants to go all out this Christmas, right? If that is the case, do not worry. You can still decorate your home and welcome your guests and potential buyers. However, this time, certain things need to change so that all those potential buyers can envision themselves living in your home so that you can sell your home quickly and easily. Luckily, we are full of Christmas décor home staging tips and tricks.
Start Christmas Décor Home Staging With the Outside
Whether it's Christmas or not, improving your house's curb appeal is mandatory when trying to sell it. After all, the outside of your home is the first thing the potential buyers see. No buyer will want to come in if it looks abandoned and neglected. But, if it seems maintained, clean, and preferably 'Christmasy', buyers will keep on coming. And, not only that - landscaping also significantly affects the value of the home! So, by having a clean and welcoming yard and exterior of the house, you will sell it faster and sell it for the highest price possible.
However, do not go overboard with outdoor Christmas decorations. You do not need that inflatable Santa, and you definitely do not need nativity scenes. All you need is a wreath on your front door and some gentle Christmas lights on the windows, for example. This will show the buyers that your home is move-in ready.
A Christmas wreath, an essential part of Christmas décor home staging.
Show Off Your Tree
If you ask real estate agents and professional home stagers, they will all tell you that having a Christmas tree during the holidays can only help you sell your home faster. Believe it or not, this will help your potential buyers envision themselves living in your home. For instance, they will get an idea of where they could put their own Christmas tree. But, just like mentioned before, do not go overboard. It is one thing to show that you care about the upcoming holidays, and it is another thing to show that you are crazy about them.
Do not get us wrong - there is nothing wrong with decorating every inch of your home for Christmas. However, this may 'tell' your buyers that you will need ages to collect everything and prepare your home for them. Moreover, they may not be able to see the house's actual condition because of all those decorations, which can be a big turn-off for them.
Try to Depersonalize a Bit
When it comes to home staging, one thing is always sure - you must depersonalize it. Just think about it - if you were a buyer who walked into a home filled with personal items scattered around, would you like that home? You probably wouldn't. The same thing goes for Christmas decorations. If they represent something personal, they might not be a good choice. Thus, stay away from ornaments that represent you and your family, and stick to those that are almost neutral. This means no decorations with your pictures in them, no Christmas stockings with your presents in them, etc.
If you are not experienced with home staging, do some research before you start. The internet is full of advice, tips, and tricks for perfect home staging. And, if you do not have the time to do all of this by yourself, do not worry either. If this is all new to you, there are people who will help you out - professional stagers and real estate agents.
Your tree should be simple, just like your decorations. It’s Christmas décor home staging 101.
Make it More Seasonal and Less Religious
When you list your home, there is a chance that the buyers who come to your home do not share the same religious beliefs as you. Thus, keep your home seasonally decorated, not religiously decorated. Just as mentioned before, everything should be neutral and simple. Cluttering the house with too many decorations (both religious and seasonal ones) may be off-putting to some of your buyers. Well, that goes without saying - they will not be able to see the home behind all those decorations, and thus, they will not be interested in it. People who come should see the house, not the stuff! Remember that your home should be decorated for selling, not for living in it. This will not only increase your home's value but also help you sell it faster!
Evoking the holiday spirit is possible even with a couple of simple decorations.
Be Creative With Evoking the Christmas Spirit
Like you can evoke the Christmas spirit with a couple of simple Christmas décor home staging tips, you can also evoke it with smells, tastes, and music. This is where you are allowed to go all out! So, just before your buyers arrive, create a Christmas atmosphere. Put on some holiday music (it should not be loud!), bake some cookies or light a candle, and prepare some eggnog or another holiday drink you like. Trust us, all the potential buyers will appreciate it. These home staging tips will make your home irresistible and draw many buyers to you. These little things show that you care about your home and about the people who enter it - and that is what is most important to buyers.