Staging for the Holidays: What You Need to Know

As November comes to a close, there are probably a few things at the forefront of your mind. There are presents that need to be bought, plenty of upcoming visits from family, and…listing your home? Although winter is considered the “off-season” for real estate, there are plenty of benefits to listing in November and December!

Don’t worry—getting your home ready to sell isn’t as hard as you think. Staging for the holidays can be an easy process, and we have all the details on how to do it.

Deck the Halls…with Care

Holiday table staging for the holidays

It’s no secret that the holidays are a pretty special time of year. Just because you’re listing your home doesn’t mean you have to eliminate all decorations. In fact, many buyers will appreciate a sprinkling of holiday cheer—you just have to do it wisely.

The key takeaway when decorating your home is to depersonalize. That means you should probably leave your prized Santa figurines in their boxes for next year. Instead, set the scene with some neutral yet festive choices. We suggest some garland on the mantle, an evergreen arrangement on your table, or some cleverly placed pinecones and ornaments.

Bring on the Warmth

Candle with garland

As you begin to add the right amount of decor, it’s important to bring some warmth into your home. Think of your space as a welcoming getaway from the cold weather—it will entice buyers to come in and feel at home.

Wondering how to achieve the perfect warm vibe? You can do most of the work right before a showing or an open house. Delight the senses with some simmering cider on the stove or fresh-baked cookies. Make sure to bring in tons of natural light, while also utilizing some lamps to make things cozy, too.

Eliminate Clutter

Book shelf with plant, lamp, and clock

As you begin to bring down your decorations from the attic, it’s also a great time to start the decluttering process. We all have a lot of boxes filled with, well, stuff. It’s okay if you’ve been putting off some reorganizing, but it’s essential to tackle it all before you list.

Now is a great time to make some donations to a good cause—after all, it is the season of giving. Be sure to compile things you don’t need and make some trips to a charity of your choice. Chances are, they’ll be happy to accept your gently used objects.

Accentuate your Space

Living room staging for the holidays

Once you’ve decluttered and added an appropriate amount of holiday cheer, step back and take a look at your home. This is when you should bring in your agent and make any last-minute changes before buyers begin to schedule showings.

Above all, be sure the improvements you’ve made accentuate your space. Is your tree a little too big for your living room? Are winter coats and boots still strewn all over your mud room? If you’d like a few personalized suggestions, we’d also be more than happy to do a walkthrough of your space!

Staging for the Holidays is Easier than Ever!

Staging for the holidays doesn’t have to be hard, especially with the right agent on your side. Let the Raines Group help you sell your home before the new year! If you have any questions or want to learn more about the buying or selling process, just give us a call. We’re always here to lend a helping hand!

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