Should You Stage Your Home for The Holidays? The Answer Is Yes!

Staging is one of the best ways to sell a home, especially during the holidays because, it helps a prospective home buyer to envision themselves living in the home and start dreaming about what it would be like to celebrate the holidays there.

In this article I will offer you several tips on how to stage your home during the holidays:

1. Show off your tree

Realtors and home stagers agree that a Christmas tree can really add something to a home when it’s being shown during the holidays. “Having a tree up can help a family looking at your home know where they will put their own tree if they were to buy the house, so I think it can be a good tool when decorating your home for the holidays,” Hockaday said. “Just don’t overdo it.” She also suggested keeping the pile of presents small and unobtrusive and minimizing personal ornaments.

2. De-personalize a bit

Christmastime décor can be full of cherished knick-knacks made by your kids and all sorts of stuff that is invaluable to you, but it may just appear tacky to others. So, as you decorate for the holidays, Hockaday recommends using more generic Christmas décor and limiting the personal stuff.

3. Reel in the Griswold

You may love the 6,000 lights you drape across your home each December, but if your home happens to be on the market this year, skip the full-blown concert light show and keep décor simple. Hockaday recommends stockings, a small tree and just a few basics if you want to sell your home this holiday season.

4. More seasonal, less religious

Just in case you have visitors to your home who don’t share your same religious beliefs, it can be a good idea this year to keep décor more seasonal and less religious. Excessive religious décor, whether Hanukkah or Christmas, could be off-putting to potential buyers who may not be able to see the home on the other side of your décor. Hockaday reminds her clients that while your home is on the market, it has to be decorated to sell, not to live in. “You don’t want people to come in and just see stuff, and not your house.”

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