The holiday season is upon us and if you’re in the process of selling your home, you may feel like skipping out on putting up decorations. In many ways, leaving out the home décor for the holidays makes sense. You already have so much to do! Why would you put decorations up when you’re trying to pack everything in boxes? I’m here to tell you to take full advantage of the holiday season and take the tinsel out of the closet!
If you’ve decided to sell your home during the holidays, you have a great advantage when it comes to home staging and curb appeal, especially if you’re putting your house on the market in the beginning of October. While a blank canvas helps buyers to map out where the furniture will go, your spooky Halloween decorations (tasteful decorations, of course) will really put buyers in the mindset of their future home. If you’re on a budget, JoAnn Fabrics and HomeGoods have excellent Halloween sales as it gets closer to the holiday. Then you can pack up your decorations together and use them for the next year. This is an excellent opportunity to draw in families with children, since Halloween is always their favorite holiday!
Don’t skip out on Thanksgiving either. It’s one of the best times to display your kitchen and dining room as excellent entertainment spaces. The warm colors of fall will draw buyers into your home and create a cozy, family friendly feeling that will win everyone over. If you’re not one to decorate for the seasons and you’ve been bargain shopping, offer to throw the seasonal décor with the sale. That leaves less for you to pack up before the move and gives a small incentive for buyers to choose your home over others they may be interested in.
What better time to really ramp up the curb appeal of your home than Christmas time? Simple icicle lights and modest Christmas decorations around the house is perfect for making sure your home isn’t left out of the holiday spirit. One of the top concerns for a new family in a new home is where the Christmas tree will go. Show them your traditional spot for the tree or get creative and move the tree to a spot you’ve always wanted to put it. If you’ve already packed the tree and the ornaments, Big Lots and the Dollar Store have great deals on decorations that you can use to help stage your home.
I attend Broker’s Opens weekly and have seen homes staged by professionals, semi staged by owners, completely empty, and left as is. As an observer, I find that homes that continue to have a “lived in” feel to them always win the attention of realtors, potential buyers, etc. It creates an environment with potential for new memories, and that’s not something you can buy. Going the extra mile and making sue that your home reflects the way your family spends the holidays will really make a difference when you’re concerned with offers coming in and you and your family finally moving out!