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If you are thinking of Selling your house during the Christmas Season, there is a fine line that needs to be cleverly walked, so that you don't over do it and turn potential buyers away. It's important to create a warm and inviting atmosphere during any time of the year, however the holiday season can be quite a challenge for some to keep their Santa collections under wraps. Preparing your house for the market while simultaneously trying to create some semblance of your holiday traditions can be tricky.
Follow these suggestions to make your home look it's best while selling this holiday season
1. Exterior curb appeal, must be exactly that, appealing. If you must put up lights, keep them all one colour preferably white and elegant. Forgo the many lawn and garden ornaments, but feel free to put a simple door wreath made from fresh pine boughs or boxwood braid.
2. Pare it all down, do not spread Christmas decor through your entire interior. Keep it focused in 1-2 main areas only. Potential Buyers won’t appreciate your attempt at a winter wonderland, they will only perceive it as clutter.
3. Tone down the traditional red and green, and choose natural hues and textures like jute, twig, birch and pine cone decor, dust with white and silver for a bit of bling.
4. Most Christmas trees require you to rearrange your interior space to accommodate it's girth. It's ok to do a smaller less intrusive tree, or even a table top style while selling. This way the prospective buyers can see the potential space and style of the room more clearly without distraction, while you can still experience that holiday feeling.
5. Adorn the mantel, table tops and banisters, but keep it simple. If you usually cover the entire mantel with candles, and children's pictures of Christmas past, perhaps forgo the kids pics, use minimal candles so that the attention is drawn to the fireplace ( which is a feature of the space) but it's not overwhelming. Just keep it simple!
6. Also,you can avoid offending buyers by opting for general winter decor rather than items with religious themes.
Staging your home for the holidays can still be fun and festive, and will likely draw serious buyers over the festive season. Keep these and basic staging suggestions in mind, and remember it's only temporary, and your efforts will surely bring you closer to your new home where you can celebrate and decorate for next Christmas to the nines!