HOME FOR SALE DURING THE HOLIDAYS

If you’re planning to put your home up for sale during the holidays, you have a lot of things to consider – most importantly, how to price it right to attract buyers during this busy time of year. But home staging is always a concern when selling a home, and during the holidays, it becomes even more important.

“Although the holiday season can be a hectic time for showing and selling your home, there is a major advantage to  staging and showing your home at this time of year: You have a chance to show your home at its very best, adorned with warmth and cheer that’s sure to charm,” said Realtor.com.

Indeed, the good news is that tasteful holiday décor can enhance a home and make it feel inviting. They bad news: Your collection of one-hundred-plus holiday snow globes may have to take a hiatus this year. “You want them to be impressed with your house, not distracted by decorations,” said Houzz. “So keep it simple this year. If minimizing the ‘ho ho ho’ cramps your style, just remind yourself that you can go all-out next year in your new home.”

Follow these tips to hit all the right notes when staging a home for sale during the holidays.

1. Remember the curb appeal

You might like the idea of being the neighborhood spectacle, with every inch of the lawn covered in dazzling displays, but that might have to wait until after you move.

“Step away from the inflatable snowman, Clark Griswold,” said HGTV. “One man’s ‘merry’ is another man’s ‘tacky,’ so tone down any garish light displays while your home is on the market. (No, your neighbors didn’t pay us to say that.) Instead, use simple string lighting to play up your home’s architecture or draw attention to the gorgeous fir tree in your front yard.

2. Don’t overdo the indoors either

You don’t ever want so much holiday decor out that people can’t see the bones of your house. If you’ve covered up your countertops and every other surface, you’ve probably gone slightly too far.

3. Declutter before you design

Decluttering is the No. 1 tip for staging your home for sale at any time of the year. When you know you’re about to layer on a whole bunch of accessories and bring in an actual tree to the home (real or otherwise), paring down is even more critical. “If your living room is already piled high with clutter, your ceramic reindeer collection is only going to add to the sense of overcrowding,” said HGTV.