Selling and Staging Your Home During the Holidays

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Selling and Staging Your Home During the Holidays


Just because you’re selling your house doesn’t mean you have to forego celebrating the holidays. This is especially true if you have young children in your home. Moving can be stressful enough for wee ones so go ahead and let them have their holiday!


christmas curb appeal


Just be sure to remember that the same principles that apply to staging your home for sale, will apply when you decorate it for the holidays…

*  Remove anything that will distract from your buyer seeing the possibilities of your property. 

* Address anything that will detract from your buyer’s viewing of your property.

* Let your buyer see the possibilities as well as the livability of your home. 


Here are 7 tips to help you as you sell and stage your home for the holidays.


1. Inflatable snowmen and Santas are cute at night but during the day, detract from your curb appeal.

Box up and store these goodies until you sell your house and move into your new home. 


christmas outdoor decor


2. Every flat space (and that includes your walls) does not have to be covered with Christmas ornaments and decorations.

Just because it’s flat doesn’t mean you have to put something on it. And you don’t have to use every decoration that you own. 


too much


3. You don’t have to use red and green in your house if it does not complement the rest of your home. 


4. When you think you’re done, stand back and take a look. If anything jumps out at you...remove it. 


5. Resist the urge to overwhelm your home (and your buyers) with the scents of the holidays. 


6. Do NOT rearrange your furniture to accommodate your oversized Christmas tree and at the same time block pathways and the VIEW that is a selling point for your house.  


christmas staging


7. DO NOT place your real wrapped gifts under the tree. 


Enjoy the holidays but remember that the sooner you get your house sold, the sooner you’ll be able to move on to your new home and celebrate your next holiday there. 



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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Barbara Todaro one of my favorites had Christmas shower curtains and towels in every bathroom and every square inch had some kind of Christmas decoration on it. They even changed out the pictures on the walls to pics of Santa and the elves. 

Dec 13, 2019 01:29 PM #23
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Ron and Alexandra Seigel too much whether selling or not can be overwhelming!!! It makes your eyes cross. LOL

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty so true!!! Nothing like looking at an MLS photo in April and seeing Christmas decorations. 

Dec 13, 2019 01:30 PM #24
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Thank you Roy Kelley Hope that you and Chef Dolores have a fun weekend planned. 

Lottie Kendall You hate to think that we live in a society where we have to be so careful, but we do. 

Dec 13, 2019 01:31 PM #25
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Will Hamm just did a little Christmas shopping today. 

Cindy Edwards just make sure that they're not real!!!

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 it doesn't have to be a non-Christmas when you're selling your house!

Dec 13, 2019 01:34 PM #26
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy the holidays can be challenging when it comes to selling a home.  I have seen where Sellers have done a very tasteful job decorating, and have seen some that go overboard.  Hopefully they will seek the advice of those assisting them with their sale.

Dec 13, 2019 01:50 PM #27
Brian DeYoung
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ithaca, NY
Brian DeYoung

Great advice.
less is more in this case.

Less decorations, less stuff. do not over do it.!

in snow country you need to keep the walks and driveways clear.  Safety first, Xmas second. If at all.


Dec 13, 2019 05:02 PM #28
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Glad to see this one featured. Less is always more, especially when selling a home. This is great advice.

Dec 13, 2019 05:17 PM #29
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

George Souto you're so right. It's up to agents and stagers to help their sellers understand that they can still celebrate the holidays, but keep it simple. 

Brian DeYoung That's an excellent reminder to keep the safety of your buyers in mind by keeping the sidewalks clear. 

Dec 13, 2019 05:29 PM #30
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP Thank you so much, Patricia.  For example, I love the Dicken's village collections but way too much for a home on the market. 

Dec 13, 2019 05:30 PM #31
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

These are exceptional tips for sellers. Let those kiddos enjoy their Christmas with taste.

Dec 13, 2019 08:04 PM #32
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I agree that most people just have to see how it goes. I think the market might settle a bit next quarter The Holidays can be the right time for some people :)

Dec 13, 2019 10:34 PM #33
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

We put up our tree yesterday, nothing under it yet, but there will be.  Santa is scheduled to arrive on the 24th.  Hopefully, I've been a good boy.

Dec 14, 2019 02:00 AM #34
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Great tips Kathy. Whenever possible I recommend to sellers decorating for the season rather than holiday specific.
Either way keep it simple.

Dec 14, 2019 05:32 AM #35
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

These are great tips! Keeping it simple but festive will work!

Dec 14, 2019 06:05 AM #36
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Enjoyed reading this Featured Blog filled with great tips.  

Dec 14, 2019 07:23 AM #37
Michelle Enciso
Pikes Peak Dream Homes Realty - Colorado Springs, CO
Exceptional Service for Exceptional People

Great tips! I especially like #4 about sstepping back and removing anything that stands out. A 2nd and 3rd opinion is always good. Often, the homeowner will have difficulty seeing with an objective eye. 

Dec 14, 2019 08:36 AM #38
Laura Filip
Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life - Whitesboro, TX
What can we do for you today?

Good evening thank you for sharing this wonderful post about Decorating your home during the Christmas season. Although I truly enjoy this time of year it can be overbearing if one decorates way too much

Dec 14, 2019 04:51 PM #39
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh, I love these tips and totally agree! Funny but, I showed a home to an AR member who is moving to Charlotte yesterday (and we actually won a bidding war today)! The house was beautifully staged and they had one simple wreath with a red ribbon on the door. It was so tastefully done and we both noticed.

As for the inflatables - the kids absolutely LOVE them but, I do agree, when you're selling your house, either leave them inflated round the clock or don't have them out this year. They are so ugly when deflated and lying on the ground!

Dec 15, 2019 09:07 PM #40
Greg Mona
Revelation Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
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Good, sound advice here, Kathy Streib. Less is certainly more when it comes to holiday decorations while your home is listed for sale; Christmas or otherwise! 

Dec 16, 2019 07:28 AM #41
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

That's a great tip about n o wrapped presents under the tree! And , NO MLS photos with the holiday decor!

Dec 16, 2019 01:06 PM #42
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