Staging During the Holidays

Americans who have their property on the market over the holidays face unique challenges when staging. It is easy to go overboard with decoration, making it difficult for buyers to see the home's full potential. Entice holiday home shoppers into making a purchase by using these staging tips from the National Association of Realtors.

STAGE THE TABLE

Give your potential buyers the ability to visualize a holiday meal by setting the table for a feast. Consider an attractive table cloth which works with the existing design scheme and a candle-lit centerpiece. Show off how much space is available for gatherings by placing slim chairs around the table and place plates, silverware and glasses in front of each. This comfortable environment can entice potential buyers by showcasing the entertainment value a home has.

SPRUCE UP THE FRONT DOOR

A home's entrance is like a person's smile. While many shoppers have already viewed the interior and exterior of a property online, the front door typically impacts a first impression once they arrive in person.

Use small accents like wreaths and planters to make a festive statement. The NAR suggests using silver colors as they will shine in the sun and grab a buyer's attention. Be sure to keep the steps clear of clutter and free of snow and ice if shoppers will be stopping when winter weather is present.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF A FIREPLACE

Buyers also pay attention to a mantle's attractiveness and potential. You can make it stand out in your room by draping small stockings, leafy garland and matching candles to tie a room together. It's important not to overdo this centerpiece as excessive decorating may take away from its beauty.

HIRING A STAGER

It's OK if you're not an interior designer, you can still obtain attractive staging by hiring a professional. Check around your local community for experts in your area. Their assistance can be the difference in a home sitting on the market or a speedy sale.

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