8 Home Staging Tips While Selling During the Holiday Season…

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How to decorate and live in your home when it’s for sale this holiday.

Holidays are special for all of us especially if you have young children at home.  If your home is for sale during the holidays it doesn’t mean that you holiday staginghave to forego all decorations.


In fact, creating that feeling of home can help your buyers picture themselves there. Let them see the possibilities of your home.

But…just like any time you are trying to sell your home, the key is to let them see the space.


Here are home staging tips for decorating for the holidays when your home is for sale.


1.Don’t hide your space!

Buyers are buying your space, not your things.  This is not the time to put up the world’s largest Christmas tree.  

Don’t make your buyers do the eye bounce when they walk in a room.  They’ll spend so much time trying to process what they’re seeing, they may have a hard time seeing what it is you’re selling.


2.Don’t block the paths that will allow your Buyers to navigate through and around your home.

Sometimes we have to tweek some furniture placement to make room for our tree, or the two giant poinsettia plants you have buy each year.

Keep traffic patterns open for your buyers.  

Make sure electrical cords that light up the tree will not be a hazard to anyone walking by.

Keep your entry free of oversized wreaths and bows that will make buyers have to tuck and swerve just to get in the front door.


3.Preserve the views!

Especially here in Florida, buyers want that view...palm trees, tropical plants, and an inviting pool area.

Save the snowflaked or other holiday decals that you like to put on your windows and sliders for your new home.  

Place your tree in a corner...don’t coverup the view of one of your big
selling points.


deflated christmas decorations4.What’s pretty at night, isn’t so attractive during the day.

They’re fun to see when they’re all lit up, but those giant bears and oh so jolly snowmen do nothing for your curb appeal during the day.





5.Mind your colors!

South Florida loves its pink but when considering using the colors of the season, make sure that the seasonal hues don’t clash with your home color palette.  

If your palette leans towards Boca pink, then consider white poinsettias instead of red.  Use a large hurricane jar filled with cranberries or deep greens.

Or use silver and white as accents.

Just because it’s flat doesn’t mean you have to put something on it.

Just because you have it doesn’t mean you have to display it.



6. Too much is too much, holiday season or not.

Consider using one relatively large holiday accent piece rather than every

small holiday ornament or treasure you’ve collected since you had  your first home.

A large glass bowl filled with pine cones and some greenery sends a message of simplicity and elegance.  


7. Don’t forget focal points...and don’t overwhelm them either.

In styling your home to sell, you want to showcase a room’s focal point.  That is often the fireplace in your family or living room.

Don’t hide the beautiful mantle and whole fireplace area with stockings only the Jolly Green Giant could wear.


8.K.I.S.S. still rules

Keeping it simple when decorating your home for the holidays can help your buyers get in the holiday (and hopefully) home-buying mood but still allow them to see the space.


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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

And please wait to buy the oversized furniture you are getting for the next home.

Dec 01, 2016 12:18 PM #25
Richard and Beth Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Massapequa, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

This is awesome... but then all that you post is awesome... You ROCK!!!

Dec 01, 2016 12:36 PM #26
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

We picked the same topic LOL! No matter where you live your suggestions apply!

Dec 01, 2016 01:50 PM #27
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Excellent advice as always Kathy! Love your day/night example as well. Those deflated holiday yard art items look really, well flat!

Dec 01, 2016 07:16 PM #28
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

YES!!!  You and I seem to always be on the same page and this is one thing that I'm passionate about for my sellers, Kathy Streib!  All buyers do not celebrate Christmas but, don't mind tasteful holiday decor.  Over-the-top? Not so much!

Great post!

Dec 01, 2016 08:31 PM #29
John Wiley
EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Kathy, you let your expertise shine in this post. Great tips. People often do not want to list their house during holidays because they do not want to not decorate. Your suggestions are great tips we can use when listing.


Dec 01, 2016 11:30 PM #30
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good Morning Kathy - It is tough but it is possible.  It is worthwhile to forgo the extra things which really call attention to themselves not the home.

Dec 02, 2016 04:00 AM #31
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Kathy. Your tips areterrific and can be good for anyone even when we're not selling. The Blow-Ups are not attractive in my view even when they are used at night.

Dec 02, 2016 06:18 AM #32
Deb Harshman
Long and Foster - Christie's International Real Estate & Owner of Staged Home Decor - Potomac, MD
REALTOR & ASPMaster Stager, The Selling Advantage

Excellent advice. It is not necessary to refrain from any decorating and you have certainly gave a clear list of ways to celebrate!

Dec 02, 2016 06:42 AM #33
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Boy Kathy you hit the nail squarely on the head on this one for the holiday showings...great post!

Dec 02, 2016 07:10 AM #34
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

Avoid the urge to fill every space with something! Great tips.

Dec 02, 2016 07:33 AM #35
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Kathy,

Great points. When showing, I often have to pull people's attention back from some decor item to looking at the size of the room & whether their furniture will fit. The decor unfortunately will not stay.

Dec 02, 2016 08:14 AM #36
Ron Aguilar
Continental Mortgage - Saint George, UT
Mortgage & Real Estate Advisor since 1995

my favorite: Keep your entry free of oversized wreaths and bows that will make buyers have to tuck and swerve just to get in the front door.

focus on the front door appearance, nobody wants to walk into a dungeon.

Dec 02, 2016 08:25 AM #37
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Well deserved Feature Kathy! Awesome advice whether you are selling or not!

Dec 02, 2016 10:35 AM #38
Brenda Corder
Cozy Corders Interiors, LLC - Philippi, WV
Home Stager, Home Staging Professional, Redesigner

Here is a great example of simplicity in holiday decorating while having your home on the market at Christmas.Christmas mantel decor

Dec 02, 2016 10:44 AM #39
Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

We very much appreciate you sharing this information with us today.

Dec 03, 2016 06:10 AM #40
Sham Reddy
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Thanks for sharing!!!

The best tip of all: Keeping it simple when decorating your home for the holidays can help your buyers get in the holiday (and hopefully) home-buying mood but still allow them to see the space.

Dec 03, 2016 08:44 AM #41
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Congratulations on being awarded a feature for post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Dec 03, 2016 12:53 PM #42
Kim Gaston
FRONT PORCH TEAM REAL ESTATE & PROPERTY STYLING - Brokerage, Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs REALTOR®, CNE (719)661-6987

Great examples as always, Kathy. Spot on advice. Congratulations on your featured post!

Dec 11, 2016 02:07 PM #43
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Christmas season naturally increases clutter. Even though it is festive clutter, it is clutter nonetheless. Your blog post is so valuable in helping the readers understand that less is better when selling your home during the holiday season.

Dec 11, 2017 04:00 PM #44
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