Selling During the Holidays – Home Staging

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In every market, including the holidays, it is important that you stage
your house.  It is important that your house appeals to the tastes of the
widest range of potential buyers, that selling features are highlighted
and enhanced.  During the holidays, refrain from covering or hiding
the houses architectural features with holiday decorations. It is best
to avoid decorations that will distract buyers from really seeing the house. 
Avoid anything that is in bad taste, tacky, vulgar, offensive or overwhelming
in any way.  If in doubt, pack it away for next year.

A spot light on the entrance.  A simple cheerful wreath on the front door
in holiday colors that coordinate with and compliment the house will welcome
potential buyers.  Exterior lights, kept simple in one complimentary color
will flatter the house, look more elegant and be less distracting.

You can't go wrong with greenery, wreaths, garland, and branches
of evergreen, pine cones and decorative ribbon inside or outside
during the holidays.

Use simple, elegant decorations that maintain the color scheme in the house,
avoid clashing or too many different colors.  Use holiday decorations in place
of the existing accessories during the holidays, to avoid a cluttered or overdone
look.   Be selective in the decorations used; use decorations that compliment
the style of the décor.  A poinsettia enhances any room.  In today's multicultural
society it is best to keep all religious Icons packed to use in your new home
next season.

The goal is for the house to be warm, inviting and festive, the decorations tasteful
and minimal so the potential buyers can picture their family celebrating the next
holiday season in this house. 

Also keep security and safety in mind.  It's probably not a good idea
to leave gifts under the tree.

Remember the Home Staging basics..."Keep it Simple", "Less is More"

Wishing you and your family a Happy Holiday.

Lydia Pollard
Owners Pride Home Staging & Design
Serving Mississauga, Oakville, Brampton, Milton & Etobicoke in Ontario, Canada

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Comments (1)

Julie Chroust
Julie Chroust, Bay Equity Home Loans, LLC - Walnut Creek, CA
NMLS# 249458, Senior Loan Officer

Lydia,  Good ideas!  It really helps warm up the house and makes people feel invited in.

Thanks for the post!

- Julie

Dec 07, 2009 12:39 PM