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How to Stage Your Home to Sell During the Holidays

November 27, 2018 1:16 pm

If you’re about to put your home on the market in order to purchase one of the beautiful Lifestyle Home Builders’ homes in Midlothian VA, don’t fret about a slow season. If anything, there are often fewer homes available during the holidays, but still plenty of buyers in the market, so this can be a great time of year to sell your home. However, with the holidays, it is important to be careful with the staging. You don’t have to skip all of the holiday decorations, but maybe keep some packed up — it will make moving easier!

As always, the key element to staging your home to sell, no matter the season, is to get rid of clutter. Give your home a good clean and fix any standout problems, then start packing up excess decorations, including knicknacks, photos, and other odds and ends. Once again, by packing up some of your personal items now, it makes moving easier in the long run. Plus, it gets rid of the clutter that can turn off potential buyers. In addition, by getting rid of a lot of your personal items, you can add in a few simple, elegant holiday decorations that are inviting rather than overwhelming.

Try to avoid kitschy or excessive decorations and keep it as religiously neutral as possible. That doesn’t mean getting rid of a small nativity or some decorative angels, but try to keep most decorations more seasonal and simple. Think about decorative bowls of cinnamon-scented pinecones and evergreen wreaths or some simple garland woven along the banister.

In fact, the best way to use holiday decorations is to draw attention to some of your home’s best features. If you have an attractive archway in your home, hang up some mistletoe. If you have a large picture window, a pot or two of poinsettias looks perfect. Hang one of those wreaths over your fireplace, or put a decorative nutcracker and some candles on your mantel. Try to use decorations in colors that complement your home’s decor. White and silver look great in rooms with an emphasis on blue, while gold and green add an attractive touch to more neutral, earthy colors.

When it comes to the outside of your home, skip the yard decorations this year and go with a simple string of white lights to frame parts of your home or maybe some pretty bushes or trees in your yard. Flameless candles in the windows can be a nice touch, but during the darker hours, it’s best to turn on all the lights in your home for a warm, welcoming glow and to make it easier for buyers to see all of your home comfortably.

Finally, there’s no reason not to have a tree, but consider the size of it and where you place it. You don’t want to hide any stellar features or make it difficult to access parts of the room. If you often have multiple trees throughout the home, try to stick with just one this year.

Less is always more when it comes to furnishings and decorations, no matter when you sell your home. You don’t have to skip out on holiday decorations completely, just be selective with them and potentially be prepared to scale back on some furniture or other decorations you may usually have on display throughout the year. You want your home to look spacious, open and airy, but still welcoming and cozy. Don’t forget to make your home smell great with some simmering hot cider or freshly baked cookies right before an open house or showing. It will add that finishing touch and may help get you into one of the new homes in Midlothian VA that little bit faster.

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