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Staging Tips for Selling Your Home During the Holidays

All of a sudden, October transforms into November and the holidays are upon us! Every year it manages to sneak up on me. If you’re currently in the process of selling your home in Oakland or Wayne County, it probably snuck up on you too.

Good news is: you don’t have to take your home off the market just because of the holidays. In fact, you can still celebrate your favorite holidays with friends or family while actively selling your home. It may even be advantageous to sell your home during the holidays, because you know that potential buyers are serious.

Keep reading for some simple tips on how to stage your home, and sell it, during the busiest time of the year.

Keep it Simple

neutral holiday boxIn lieu of a 12-foot Evergreen tree or enormous silver menorah, opt for some more subtle decorations. This is key to selling your home during the holiday season, because you don’t want to overwhelm buyers with clutter.

In fact, before you begin decorating at all be sure to thoroughly deep-clean your home and stage it appropriately. Either hire a professional team of cleaners, or spend the weekend going over your home with a fine tooth comb. Have the carpets cleaned, touch up any damages or faded paint jobs, and get rid of any clutter.

Afterwards, go ahead and add some seasonal touches to your home. Evergreen or rosemary wreaths are a nice touch. You can still decorate with a tree or menorah, just be sure the decorations are complementing the rooms of your home.

For example, if you have a cathedral ceiling, display a towering Christmas tree there to show it off. That lovely arch in your kitchen would look nice with a sprig of mistletoe.

Make it Cozy

fireplaceYou want potential homebuyers to be able to picture themselves living in your home. One great way to do this is to make your home clean and cozy, especially since you’re selling during the cold winter months.

Buyers will be cold after trekking through the wintry weather to get to your open house, and greeting them with a warm foyer and inviting atmosphere will make them feel right at home. Make sure the temperature is warm and comfortable, set out plates of yummy cookies with decorate napkins, and have a pot of hot apple cider simmering on the stove.

The smell of the cider, taste of the treats, and warm environment will remind them of home.

Stay Away from Inflatables

An inflatable snowman or reindeer does not inspire elegance. Instead, try draping a string of white lights or icicles from the exterior of your home.

This also applies to the inside of your home. In order to appeal to as many buyers as possible, you want to maintain an aura of neutrality. Keep in mind that not every buyer will celebrate the same holiday as you, so religious decorations should be kept to a minimum or made as subtle as possible.

Work With an Expert

Even if you’re not selling your home, the holiday season can be a touch stressful. I want to eliminate all the stress from your life, so you can focus on spending time with your loved ones. Allow my experienced team of professionals to assist in the marketing and selling of your home.

If you ever have any questions about real estate in the area, our complimentary home-selling resources, or anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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