The number one rule to follow for staging a home: LESS IS MORE. In layman terms this means – hide your frills, down play unique style, and declutter. Buyers want “move-in” ready homes. One of the first things a buyer looks for in a home is space, especially more storage space. This can be a tricky rule to follow with the holiday season coming up. Especially if you’re like me, and infamously start unpacking the beanie baby reindeer and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” a week before Thanksgiving!
First, here are a few simple and general home staging tips to keep. The goal is to create both a spacious and inviting atmosphere. Wall colors are best kept neutral and light, this will make any room seem larger. This season, and in any season, declutter your home as much as possible. It’s important to go through and organize all of your closets, kitchen/bathroom cabinets, and built ins. Buyers are nosey, and serious buyers won’t leave a stone unturned. Focus on packing up any items you won’t need while on the market.
A large part of the buying/selling process, that is not talked about nearly enough, is the emotional aspect. Holiday decorating is a great way to illicit a positive emotional response from potential buyers! Tasteful, festive decorations exude a welcoming feeling. Something to always keep in the back of your mind is, you want to show your house, not your stuff. Like the wall colors, neutral decorations bode well: white candles, brown tree branches, white string lights. With candles or warmers I recommend sticking to scents of baked goods, a light cinnamon or apple pie. Heavy florals or pine can ignite allergies. Use the decorations to your advantage. A holiday wreathe can draw attention to a great front door or a string of lights can highlight the recent roof/window upgrades. Swapping the usual throw pillows/blankets for cheery additions create holiday style without over crowding.
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