Staging Your Home for the Holidays

Posted by Dan Wolf on Monday, December 21st, 2015 at 9:26am.

Christmas music, inflatable Santa's, tinsel galore...you're sure to know it's the holiday season if you visit a mall in December! Just as stores and business owners add Christmas decorations to their spaces to match the general holiday cheer in the air, you as a seller can create subtle festivity in your own home to help make prospective buyers feel right at home when they walk through your front door. Staging your home for the holidays creates warmth and homeyness, especially during frosty Alaskan winters. Here are a few tips to turn your home into the perfect potential Christmas gift:

 

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Showing prospective buyers that there is plenty of room to put up a Christmas tree without crowding the room is a great way to get them excited about your home. If you need to move or remove other furnishings to keep the space from feeling cluttered or busy, do it! Obviously you don’t want it to look like something is missing, but keeping non-essential pieces to a minimum means less distractions, helping buyers envision their first Christmas in the home.

 

Emphasize extra space
The holiday season often brings visiting family and friends with it, so show buyers that your home has room for all their out-of-town guests! If you have a home office or bonus room, consider adding a bed and a nightstand to create a space for guests. The bed can be temporary and the linens borrowed if need be, but painting the picture of a cozy, comfortable guest area helps buyers see the home as spacious and accommodating.

 

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The holiday season offers some unique advantages in terms of staging. For example, if you don’t have much artwork, you can simply wrap a flat box in your favorite wrapping paper, finish it with shiny ribbon and a beautiful bow, and use it as festive wall art! Not crazy about your dimly lit basement? String Christmas lights around the top edge of each wall for a subtle but cheery dose of warm light. And make good use of what nature has to offer by clipping a few branches off your favorite backyard spruce tree and wrapping them into a wreath to hang on your door or use as a coffee table centerpiece.

 

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Don't let them leave hungry
Food is often used when staging a home, but during the holidays, it’s a must. A lovely fruit basket, a bowl of spiced nuts, or a candy cane bouquet can be nice touches. If you have time, bake a batch of your favorite cookies about a half hour before the showing - the aroma of freshly baked cookies definitely trumps that of a candle, and a take home treat is sure to leave a strong impression on prospective buyers.

 

These tips should help you get started on your holiday staging - prospective buyers will be ready to move in and start planning their first Christmas party when they see how perfect your home looks during the holiday season! For questions about staging, or for any of your other real estate needs, contact us at 248-9653 or visit us online at www.anchoragehomesearch.com to learn more! Happy Holidays, and Merry Christmas!

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