Monday, December 7, 2020 / by Vanessa Saunders
By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems Real Estate.
If your home's listing period extends through the holidays, you may feel the need to add a little cheer with some seasonal home decorations. With home sales remaining robust well into the fall and winter months, now more than ever, some holiday-inspired staging can help potential buyers imagine what their next Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or winter family gathering could look like in their new home.
The idea is to enjoy your house, but make sure it allows buyers to see the home properly. Here are some helpful tips that let you make it merry.
Tone it down outside
Even if you live in one of those Hudson Valley neighborhoods with a lot of "over the top" decorations, maybe this is the year to cut back a bit. Instead of a lighting display visible to the space station astronauts, try some tasteful touches with garland, wreaths and bows for a more classic curb appeal.
Let the inside speak for itself.
A heavy dose of holiday spirit can often cover up the best features of your interior. A room burdened with candles, ornaments and glittery baubles needs to also show the home at its best. Make it easy for buyers to see your home's greatest qualities and get a feeling for what it must be like to live there. An oversized tree may make a normally spacious room feel cramped. Avoid any over-the-top displays, instead using one or two simple decorative elements to give a bit of holiday focus.
When it's over, take it down.
Don't have one of those homes with holiday decorations still up when the Mets go to training camp. Unlit roof-line icicles and deflated reindeer inflatables in the front yard do not suggest a well cared-for home to potential buyers. The same goes for any holiday photos used online. If you change the listing photos on your home's website to reflect the season, they will look staler than last year's fruitcake when 2021 rolls around. Have your agent be sure to switch them out for the undecorated versions beginning the day after your holidays end.
Sellers should still be able to enjoy the holidays.
While they may not be able to deck the halls as they have in prior years, they can still add plenty of holiday cheer to their home. As long as it looks clean and tidy — just as it should when showing a home for sale any time of year — there’s no reason not to enjoy the holidays and to always feel at home.