The holiday season is that time of the year in which everyone is in a hassle, except for the real estate market which lies still. Though many view it as a negative indicator, it is the time where serious house-hunters are out searching for a house before the new year. Those serious buyers, though few, can still be found. All you need is some magic of the holiday spirit to attract them to ring in the new year in your house!
Decorating your house for selling during the Holiday season helps you attract prospective buyers as it makes your place more appealing to be checked. Though decoration has its advantages, if overdone, it drives contrasting outcomes. According to the interior expert, Amy Powers, your buyer would love to feel the spirit of the holiday reflected in your decorations, but they don’t want to feel as if they were at a Christmas party.
In this article, we list 5 tips that will get your buyers right in the spirit as soon as they see your tasty style.
- Clean and Organize Your House Before Decorating:
Before decorating your house, you need to make sure it is thoroughly cleaned and set, ready for sale. A clean house reflects the identity of its owners; while cleaning, make sure you deep clean everything that might catch dirt or dust such as the kitchen stove, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, cabinets, countertops, bathroom shower, sinks, faucets, toilets, in addition to the blinds, curtains, carpets, shelves, and windows.
After that, you can decorate your front door and the house interior. A few decorations can serve the purpose and stir the holiday spirit. If you need any help, you can always seek advice from a professional stager to help strategically arrange furnishings and decor so that your house will look its best.
It is very important to have your house cleaned before buyers see it, so if you feel like you can’t do all the cleaning alone, it is advised that you hire someone to help you.
- Create a Cozy Vibe:
Decorate your house in a way that reflects a homey, cozy vibe. This will attract prospective buyers. You can also add delightful scents to further add to the welcoming atmosphere.
Since it gets cold during the holidays, it is important to keep the house warm. Adjust the heat up to a comfortable level, so that your house will feel warm and inviting for any prospective buyers who would visit.
You can also add a few other subtle touches like brewing a fresh pot of coffee along with a burning log fire. Another way is by lighting scented candles that match the season. The aroma will make the buyers feel right at your home. Such small touches will add a nice, welcoming feeling!
- Match the Decoration to Your Decor:
Once you decide to decorate your house, you should make sure that your holiday decoration matches your current decor or palette. This will create visual continuity and harmony throughout your entire house.
For example, if your living room has a dark blue color palette, you should consider using soothing light colors in your decoration like white or silver.
On the contrary, if your house has more earth-toned colors, you would want to choose your decoration with richer hues like red, gold, or even forest green.
- Keep the Decoration Simple and Minimal:
As mentioned before, when you decorate your house for the holidays, it’s important to keep it simple and minimal. In addition, you should also avoid using overwhelming religious ornaments, for this might be off-putting to many buyers.
Your main aim is to attract any type of buyer who might be serious about your deal, thus you don’t want to make them hit the road because of such details.
A lovely decoration that shows the warmth and the spirit of the season is all you need: just throw a holly wreath on your front door, add a simply-decorated Christmas tree in the living room, and throw some pillows in the bedrooms, then you’re ready to go.
You can also use a mantelpiece decorated with candles to add to the welcoming spirit.
- Use Lights to Highlight Unique Features in Your Home:
Finally, your house can’t be fully decorated without some lights. Lights add warmth to the place, as they can be also used to highlight the unique features in your home.
Use the lights to decorate your Christmas tree by installing them on its branches. Also, add some lights on the walls and designs you have installed in your walls to catch the eye of the buyers.
Like with excessive decoration, too many lights can be overwhelming to potential buyers. Find a balance and go with strings of simple, white lighting to showcase any architectural features inside or outside your house.
Decorating your to-be-sold home for the holidays can be an entertaining activity that you can enjoy with your family members for one last time. You can always get creative with ideas; however, it is also important to add balanced decoration so that it won’t have counter effects on your selling process.