Staging Your Home During The Holidays

Real Estate Agent with Re/Max Realty 100 Milwaukee Wisconsin


There’s something about the cold days, long nights, and darkness of winter that makes people feel less motivated.  This is a bad thing for people who want to sell their home during the winter months.  Another tricky issue can be to decorate or not to decorate during the holiday season.  How do you attract buyers, yet not limit the space of your home with the Christmas tree and snowmen littering your floor space?   Well I am a firm believer that you don’t have to stop living life while you are trying to sell your home, but I do believe in making your home attractive to all types of buyers.

Here are a few simple tips on how to still feel festive and decorative during the holiday season with that for sale sign in your front yard…

1.Make the buyer want to get out of their warm car!  There is nothing like pulling up to a dark, cold home and that’s just the outside of it!  I know there will be exceptions, and you can’t always get home to turn the lights on or to light some candles before a showing, so do some simple things that require little to no work.  Hang a wreath on your front door, or near the entrance of your home.  Spruce up your welcome mat, or add a little decoration to the front stoop.  Make the front of your home look cute and charming.  You want to give the buyers a little sneak peek of what’s inside.

2.Don’t go crazy with decorations!  Set up your tree in an area that is easy to move around, and does not block any major features of your home.  This may mean you cannot set up your tree in the same spot as years past, but at least you can still set it up.  Take inventory of your ornaments.  Maybe this year buy some new, generic colored ones and make your tree look less personal.  Everyone loves little Johnny’s angel ornament he made in 1st grade, everyone that is except a potential buyer.  I would also suggest focusing on a couple of areas to decorate instead of decorating your whole house.  Pick a shelf and a table, or a wall.  But don’t go wild in the whole house.  Once you sell your current home, you can go hog wild in your new home with all your decorations.

3.Limit the scents!  We all love a nice smelling candle or scent when we walk in the door, but sometimes it can be too much.  Choose wisely when selecting scents to be associated with your home.  Make a buyer want to live there, not run from there. 

Again, life does not have to stop during the holidays when you are trying to sell your home; it just needs paired back a bit.  Have fun with some new decorative arrangements; invest in some nice staple pieces to display, and look forward to decorating your new home once your current home sells! 


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Carla Harbert
Full Time REALTOR in Ohio - Brunswick, OH
RE/MAX Omega, Brunswick Ohio

It's easy to get caught up with decorating, decorating, then decorating some more - too much decor takes away from what the home truly has to offer. I agree totally with this post, everything in moderation, it works!!

Dec 03, 2012 08:16 AM #1
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

Hi Kevin,

Great ideas! I love looking at houses at Christmas time.....especially if they are decorated nicely and have that homey feeling.


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