You never know what will offend someone in today’s day and age. One word or image out of place can set off a social media firestorm like nobody’s business. So when it comes to staging for the holidays, I can see why it’s like walking a minefield. But that doesn’t mean your house has to look as sterile as a prison cell to attract any buyer. There are some tasteful and elegant ways to still enjoy the holidays and keep your home on the market.
Keep the decorations to a minimum.
If you cover everything that stands still with garland, ribbons, bows, and ornaments, it may be time to reign that in a bit. A few garland strands and some neutral decorations can definitely add elegance and a “homey” feel to the house, just don’t overdo it like Clark Griswold.
As much as you love that personalized ornament that your son made you in second grade, it may be time to leave it off the tree this year. Try to keep all personalized items packed lovingly away such as Christmas stockings with everyone’s names on them, religious tokens and symbols, a form of holiday cards or photos of your kids first Christmas. Yes, this may offend even you, but, you are trying to appeal to a wide range of buyers and it’s important to be elegant and un-personalized.
Try to keep in tune with the neighborhood.
If you live in one of the small towns around Texas Hill country, you might be in competition with your neighbors, so, when selling your home you don’t want to be the Grinch on the street. Try to use more generic holiday decorations that keep up with the theme of your neighborhood without going overboard. Putting too many decorations on your home while it’s on the market can pose more of a risk than a reward.
Keep the simple tips in mind when decorating.
- Classic is always best.
- Don’t go overboard on lights both inside and out.
- Consider skipping the Christmas tree as it tends to block and attracts viewers from seeing the room.
- Keep greeting cards boxed up.
- Protect any presence during open houses or showings.
- Choose scents over settings such as simmering apple cider or freshly baked cookies.
- Light a fire for some great cozy ambiance.
- Have a little touch of holiday cheer in every room including the bathroom.
It is possible to stage and sell your home during the holidays without feeling like you have to live in a prison cell. Keep things depersonalized and keep things classic and elegant and you’ll evoke more than the holiday spirit, you could prompt a buyer to purchase.