Is this the season to sell your house? Although the winter holidays are often quieter when it comes to house sales, potential buyers who are viewing at this time tend to be serious.
Holiday home staging is a technique you'll want to take into consideration when selling your property at this time of year. Read on to find out how to create an atmosphere that’s cosy, inviting, and helps your potential buyer vividly imagine their next Christmas in the space.
Before embarking on any staging, you need to prepare by clearing away as much surface clutter – and as many personal details – as you can. It’s a good idea to keep bulky presents out of the way, as they may distract from the rest of the décor and reduce your floor space, too.
You’ll want to put away family photos and cards, all the while keeping less personal artworks and photographs on display. This is purely because smaller, flimsy items tend to look untidy, and personal touches remind potential buyers this space is someone else's. You want to aid their imagination as much as possible, so keep things simple.
If it were any other family Christmas, you may like to pick the biggest tree to proudly showcase your favourite decorations. For house staging, however, you’ll want a tree that flatters the height of your living room, and that doesn't make the room feel crowded. A slimmer tree with slightly fewer but matching decorations, can look cosy without being imposing.
Before you start decking the halls ready for your house staging, take note of your current interior colour scheme. Keeping things cohesive will ensure your festive decor is subtle yet stylish. Pay attention to the wood, carpet colour, and soft furnishings. Are the colours primarily cool, or warm? Would silver compliment them, or gold? For example, if your interior is made up of cool pale greys and blues, it's best to avoid warm colours like red and gold, or introduce other strong tones such as green. Opt for subtle snowflakes and glass or silver baubles instead.
Less is more when it comes to holiday home staging, so just a few simple strings of fairy lights will be plenty to accentuate a cosy front porch, an impressive tree or a balcony. On the other hand, if your street is famed for its blazing beacon of Christmas cheer, don’t be the odd house on the block – your potential buyer will be considering the neighbourhood as a whole.
A subtle, seasonal wreath, a few scented candles and a fire in the grate is really all you need to creates an idyllic atmosphere that really appeals to the viewer. They want to imagine themselves in the space without feeling like they’re trespassing on your family time.
Holiday home staging is certainly an art, but it is a fantastic opportunity transform your living space into a festive showroom. We have plenty more tips to help you create a stylish Christmas-ready home on our website.