Staging Tips for Selling During the Holidays

staging during the holidays

It’s the time of year that calendars are packed with holiday parties, budgets are strained by gift-giving and the roads are covered in freshly fallen snow. Alas, ’tis not the season for real estate. But the good news is that the few brave house-hunters who do venture out are serious about buying a house and stylish trimmings will make them want to ring in the new year in your home.

Holidays can be personal on a lot of levels, but you want to make sure your decor is neutral, and beautiful so that the buyer cannot imagine letting it go. Here are a few tips from our team at Corken + Company on how to make your house stand out during the Holiday Season.


Try these tips to get buyers in the right spirit:


Clean and stage.

Before you decorate, your house needs to be staged. If your living room is already piled high with clutter and tchotchkes, your ceramic reindeer collection is only going to add to the sense of overcrowding.


Create a cozy vibe.

The less-is-more mantra of home staging may tempt you to forgo holiday cheer this year. But a few subtle touches like a bowl of pinecones, an evergreen wreath, or a pot of cider simmering on the stove can create a warm and festive feeling in your home.


Complement your palette.

Before you start untangling your tinsel, make sure your holiday collection matches your current decor. If your living room is painted a soothing ocean-blue hue, skip the clashing red garland and opt for white snowflakes or a silver glass-ball wreath. If you’ve got an earthy color scheme, accent with rich tones like cranberries, forest greens and gold.


Accentuate the positive.

Too many trimmings may distract buyers, but the right accessories can draw attention to your home’s best features. Dangle mistletoe in an arched doorway, or display your menorah on the ledge of a bay window; just don’t block a beautiful view with stick-on snowflake decals or clutter an elegant fireplace with personalized stockings.


Go light on lights.

Step away from the inflatable snowman, Clark Griswold. One man’s “merry” is another man’s “tacky,” so tone down any garish light displays while your home is on the market.


Mind the tree.

A tall Christmas tree can help you show off your two-story great room, but make sure the wide base won’t overwhelm the floor space. If your living area is on the small side, save space with a skinny tree. Swap the gaudy heirloom ornaments and trim your tree in a cohesive theme such as icicle lights and silver tinsel, for example, or blue and gold glass balls.


Clear the clutter.

A few decorations can stir the holiday spirit, but don’t feel obliged to hang every last ornament.



As the Holidays approach if you are looking to sell your home make sure and contact one of our expert agents today! They will provide you with all the best advice on how to sell you home even during a busy season. 



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