Tis the season for holiday parties, cookie exchanges, latkes, gelt (chocolate coins), candles and unity. From November 1st to January 15 there are nearly 30 different holidays observed by 7 of the world’s major religions.
Alas, ’tis not the season for real estate. But happily, the few brave house-hunters that do venture out are serious about buying a house. A thoughtfully decorated home can boost your homes appeal to potential buyers while maintaining your level of cheer this holiday season.
1. Less is more
If you are like me, you have saved tons of wonderful kids holiday projects. I love bringing out my pipe cleaner candy canes and paper snowflakes. However, too many trimmings may distract buyers. Using just a few of your simple and elegant decorations can draw attention to your home’s most attractive features. Suspend mistletoe in an arched doorway, or display your menorah on the ledge of a window. Don’t block a beautiful view with spray snow on bright windows or clutter an elegant fireplace with personalized stockings.
2. Work with what you already have
Before you drag all of your holiday trimmings out of storage, make sure your decorations matches your current décor and color scheme. If your living room is painted a soothing blues and creams, avoid the clashing red garland. Instead embrace white snowflakes and silver accents. Perhaps you love an earthy color scheme with browns and greens? Accent with rich tones like cranberries, forest greens and gold. Bay leaf wreaths and pinecones make a lovely rustic impact and smell enchanting.
3. Easy on the Exterior Illumination
Put down the inflatable snowman and back slowly away from the Santa mailbox cover. Remember, that while you may see “cheerful” others may see “tacky”. By all means embrace the holiday spirit but try to tone down any garish light displays while your home is on the market. Instead, use simple string lighting to play up your home’s architecture and a simple tasteful wreath on your front door.
4. Practice prudence with your tree
This bit of advice is especially hard for me to follow because the trees always look smaller when they are on the lot. They magically expand once we get them to our living room, much to my husband consternation. A tall Christmas tree is gorgeous and can help you show off your two-story great room. Just be sure that the wide base won’t overwhelm the floor space. Remember, buyers are always looking for a feeling of spaciousness in their house hunting. If your lovely tree eats up all of the visual space, your potential buyer will feel the room is cramped and undesirable. If your living area is on the small side, save space with a skinny tree.
5. Set the Stage
Create a experience for your buyers when you have open houses or walkthroughs. Light the fireplace and set a cozy blanket folded near by with a book. Light winter scented home fragrances before an open house and set the table to showcase holiday entertaining. Freshly baked slice-and-bake cookies on the counter are a quick way to make the house smell fabulous and are a great way to win over the buyers. You can even go so far as to play seasonal music (non-holiday specific) during showings. Remember that you are setting the stage for a potential home buyer to imagine themselves in your home.
You may miss your traditional holiday decorations this year. But remember, with a little bit of luck, you will be celebrating next year’s holidays in your new home.
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