As we inch closer and closer to the Christmas holiday season (we know, we still have Thanksgiving to enjoy first), it’s time to start thinking about festively decorating your home in advance of the big day.
And if your home has a “For Sale” sign in the front yard, that can be a bit of a challenge. You want to decorate for Christmas, particularly if you have small children living with you, but you also want to sell your home as quickly as you can.
Can you do both? Absolutely you can! But you need to be prudent and intelligent in doing so.
So let’s talk about a few tips on how you can decorate your home for Christmas, while still entertaining potential buyers during the holiday season.
Tip # 1 – Keep Things To A Minimum
Decorate for the holidays, but resist the urge to go overboard. That may mean keeping some of your kids’ homemade decorations in the storage bins for now, or at the very least putting them away before visitors stop by.
Splash some tasteful red and green decorations here and there, of course, but filling your entire home with over the top Christmas decorations is not a good idea.
The main rule here is to use common sense and put yourself in the place of the potential buyers. Be festive, but be tasteful and a bit refined with your Christmas decorations, at least for this year.
Tip # 2 – Don’t Block Any Of Your Home’s Best Features
Potential buyers want to see your home’s best features, so keep this in mind when putting up your Christmas decorations.
Don’t block things like stairs, bay windows, fireplaces and other things that will keep visitors from getting the full snapshot of your home, as well as an idea of why they should buy it.
Find new places for some of those decorations, with a few exceptions of course. Still hang those stockings on the fireplace, so your kids can get excited for Santa, but do so in a tasteful way that doesn’t block the best features of this area of your home.
Tip # 3 – Consider Hiring A Professional Stager During The Holidays
We’ve talked extensively about the benefits of staging your home over the years, and Christmas is a great opportunity for you to do so.
Ask around for your area’s best staging experts, or talk to your Realtor for some ideas and professional references. This could end up being some of the best money you’ve ever spent.
If you want to do so yourself, you may be able to do this as well. Read articles online, ask friends and colleagues who have sold their home recently and get some tips from your Realtor. A good staging effort, especially during this festive time of year, can give you some big time bang for your buck.
Tip #4 – Get A Smaller Tree
We would never tell you not to get a Christmas tree for the season, as this is one of the best things about this time of year. But we do recommend getting one that’s a little on the smaller side.
You don’t want anything to keep visitors from enjoying the best features of your home, and a 10-foot Christmas tree could do just that.
Think about getting a smaller tree this year, or maybe even an artificial one if you usually get a real one. Again, look at things from the buyer’s perspective and act accordingly.
Tip # 5 – Make Things Also Smell Festive
Bake cookies, brew some fragrant apple cider and use fresh greenery to decorate parts of your home for the Christmas season. Pleasant smells can be very positive motivators, so take advantage of the holidays and increase this sensory experience for your visitors.
And bonus! After the visit is over, you have some fresh apple cider and delicious cookies to enjoy with your family.
Contact the Oldfather Group today for more great ideas on decorating your home for the Christmas season. We’d love to discuss things with you and then talk about welcoming you into the Oldfather Group family.
Have a great holiday season everyone!