Selling Your Home and Decorating During The Holiday Season

Home Stager with Creative Staging Company


Selling a home during the holiday season can be tough. You are probably wondering if you will have to sacrifice holiday decorating when you are selling. Below are some tips on how to enjoy some of your holiday décor while your home is on the market.

 1. This is not the time to go all Clark Griswald (National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation), Keep it simple, elegant and classy.  Keep in mind too much STUFF can potentially distract buyers when viewing your home. When selling your home you want buyers to focus on the selling features of your home, not become overwhelmed with all of your holiday décor.

 2. Don't put up the thousands of Christmas lights that you normally put up on the outside of your home. Again keep it simple! A simple holiday wreath displayed on the front door is ideal.

3. Choose a Christmas tree that is the correct size and scale for the room it will be displayed in. You don't want to choose a tree that will take up too much space, making the room appear smaller. Buyers want to see how spacious rooms are; this ensures that their things will fit in the space.  Again keep it simple when decorating the tree. Try to stick to a simple color pallet and don't over do it with the ornaments.

 4. This is not an ideal time to pull out all of your Holiday décor you have stored in your attic, basement, or garage. These items should be packed away for your new home. Choose only a few of your favorite pieces to display.

5. Store presents in a spare closet out of sight. This ensures that you are not cluttering up the area around the Christmas tree. Remember clutter eats Equity!

By keeping these things in mind you should be able to still enjoy the holiday season while selling your home. Just remember to keep things simple, elegant and classy. You don't want to scare off any potential buyers. When you are selling your home you want buyers to remember the best features of your home not the fact that you had a thousand little snowmen out on display.

Happy Holidays!

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Tia Spaulding ASPM, ASP, IAHSP

Tia Spaulding is the Owner of Creative Staging Company, a premiere Real Estate Staging Company located in greater Indianapolis, Indiana. Tia Spaulding is a master in the Home Staging industry earning the industry's highest designation Accredited Staging Professional Master (ASPM.) Tia Spaulding is a member of IAHSP, MIBOR and WCR. Tia Spaulding can be reached at 317-833-9539, by e-mail at or via


Comments (4)

Katyna Bunn
Go Realty - Holly Springs, NC
Experienced Realtor

Really good information. 

Dec 20, 2009 10:27 AM
Tia Spaulding
Creative Staging Company - Indianapolis, IN
ASPM, IAHSP Indianapolis, IN


Thanks so much! I am still new to the whole blogging thing! I am a masterpiece in progress : ) !

Dec 20, 2009 10:30 AM
Al Wright
Affordable Canadian Home Inspections - Hamilton, ON
Have your inspections performed the Wright Way

A quick tip during the holiday is to give all potential buyers who come through the home a small wrapped gift. Something small and inexpensive, but something that will make your home stand out more than the others :-)

Dec 20, 2009 10:34 AM
Tia Spaulding
Creative Staging Company - Indianapolis, IN
ASPM, IAHSP Indianapolis, IN


What a great idea! Thanks so much for the input!

Dec 20, 2009 10:38 AM

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