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f your home’s on the market this holiday season, you’ll want to have a staging strategy in place.  It’s critical that buyers are able to imagine themselves living in your home so keep the following tips in mind:

  1. Deck the Halls (a little) - Too many decorations will make your home appear small and cluttered.  Decorating over an architectural selling feature such as a stained glass window or fireplace is a definite no-no!

  2. Curb Appeal - Forget about inflatable lawn ornaments this year!  A few outside lights and a tasteful wreath on the door will elegantly accent your home.  Display a few seasonal photos so buyers can see what your yard looks like in the summer.

  3. First Impressions - The buyer's first impression of your home is often formed in the foyer.  Hallways are usually quite cramped so remove any unnecessary items, ensure you have adequate lighting and keep decorations to a minimum.

  4. Bows and Bells - Put away all your wrapping paper, tape and ribbons before each showing.  Don’t just stuff everything in your closets though as serious buyers often peek in cupboards to see how spacious they are.

  5. Holiday Cheer - Offering seasonal treats such as apple cider and holiday cookies at showings will make your home feel warm and inviting.  It may even encourage buyers to stick around a little longer!

There are pros and cons to selling your home during the holidays.  Although there are fewer buyers, they're usually much more serious.  You’ll also be competing with fewer homes!  Just remember, buyers don’t want to be overwhelmed by decorations.  If you celebrate the season with simple elegance, your home will show beautifully!

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