If you’re selling your house this holiday season, you’ll want to stage it properly – and though your REALTOR(R) can give you some tips and advice, this guide can get you started. (And if you’re up for it, you can also ask your real estate agent to refer you to a local professional who can style and stage your house for you.) Check out these seven great staging tips for holiday decor when you put your house on the market.
7 Great Staging Tips for Holiday Decor
Have a look at these seven staging tips for holiday decor:
- Perk up your porch with a wreath and planter
- Dress up your fireplace mantel
- Put out holiday treats for prospective buyers
- Make a colorful splash with poinsettias
- Keep your tree simple
- Minimize indoor and outdoor decor
- Stage your dining table
Here’s a closer look at each.
Staging Tip #1 for Holiday Decor: Perk up your porch with a wreath and planter
Add a splash of color and festivity to your front porch by putting a wreath on your door and a planter on your porch. Choose a hardy plant that will do well when temperatures get a little cooler, such as poinsettia, which doubles as a piece of holiday decor.
Staging Tip #2 for Holiday Decor: Dress up your fireplace mantel
Don’t overdo it, but do add a small garland and some stockings to your fireplace mantel. Leave them empty so they look neater, and make sure they all match.
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Staging Tip #3 for Holiday Decor: Put out holiday treats for prospective buyers
A plate of warm cookies and packets of hot cocoa with disposable cups near the tea kettle is a warm, welcoming touch for prospective buyers who come to tour your home. You can put out pre-packaged treats, too – talk to your real estate agent about what’s best this holiday season.
Staging Tip #4 for Holiday Decor: Make a colorful splash with poinsettias
Strategically place poinsettias around your house. Doing so has two benefits: One is that buyers love to see live plants inside homes, and two is that they add a certain holiday cheer you don’t get from other greenery.
Staging Tip #5 for Holiday Decor: Keep your tree simple
It’s perfectly fine to put up a Christmas tree, but don’t deck it out as completely as you normally would. The last thing you want to do is distract prospective buyers who are there to see your house – you don’t want to dazzle them with decor when you should be highlighting your home’s best features. After all, that’s what they came to see!
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Staging Tip #6 for Holiday Decor: Minimize indoor and outdoor decor
Even if you normally go all-out, this year, it’s best to keep decor to a minimum. That’s because, like your tree, decor can distract buyers from noticing your home’s best features. Although you want them to experience a warm, cheerful environment when they come to tour your home, the most important thing to remember is that they’re looking to buy a house – not tour a holiday museum.
Staging Tip #7 for Holiday Decor: Stage your dining table
Though some people don’t buy into dining table staging, it’s a good idea around the holidays. However, that doesn’t mean putting out your finest china and setting the table for a dozen guests. It means putting out a holiday-themed centerpiece, a few wine glasses and other (very minimal) decor.