We all know the moment it happens. You go to a retail store for a simple errand in July, and there it is. Halloween decorations and candy. Before you know – fall decorations, turkeys, and everything pumpkin-related is everywhere. Even Starbucks. And now here we are. Less than two weeks until Christmas. (I don’t know about you, but this year has been a bit of a whirlwind and I’m in denial.) We all love buying the decorations and transforming our homes into another place. But what happens when your home is for sale, and you and your family are spending every day keeping the house in spotless condition for potential buyers?
Staging a home can be a critical piece to selling a home. We’ve staged for clients and had clients who have brought in their own designer. Prepping for the holidays with a home on the market can be difficult, but it can be done. So whatever the season, but especially Christmas, you want to decorate your home. Buyers want to envision themselves in the space. They want to plan for furniture and picture themselves living and working there. But before you buy out Hobby Lobby or At Home, keep in mind the following tips.
- Don’t post all the holiday cards you receive. Yes, we know your collection is impressive, but buyers don’t need to see (or read) every card and letter. For this year, keep the cards in a special box but out of sight.
- Match the neighborhood. Maybe you have the best Christmas display the town has ever seen, and you take pride in how many inflatables you can fit in the front yard (we’re thinking Clark Griswold here). If you’re the only one doing it, you should pass this year. Keep it simple with a wreath and a few lights. Or, if you’re the only one on the street who doesn’t decorate, this is the year to join them.
- Keep the gifts somewhere other than under the tree. Not to be negative, but the last thing anyone wants is to have their gifts stolen or damaged during a showing. Wrap a few empty boxes to be festive and keep the real gifts somewhere safe.
- Give your home that holiday feel with candles or soaps of peppermint and evergreen. It doesn’t take much, but hints of cookies and Christmas trees will help with the potential buyer’s experience when viewing your home. Bath and Body Works always has a variety of soaps and scents that can help with this.
- Have a fireplace? Use it. Fireplaces are a great feature, and why not maximize yours? When the weather is cooler, it will make your home feel cozy and inviting.
At the end of the day, keep your decorations generic, simple, and classic. Invite buyers into your home with great scents to make them feel as though it’s theirs. And enjoy the holidays! Buyers don’t want perfection, they want to love the home as much as you do.