Holidays are a wonderful time! People decorate their homes with trees, wreaths, lights, and ornaments. With as busy as the holidays tend to get, homes are usually kept in clean and orderly fashion, expecting frequent visits from family, friends and guests. I myself have been sometime known to go overboard with holiday decor once in a while.
Many sellers sometimes take this opportunity to strategically stage their home as well – doubling up seasonal decor as staging items. It has been a way to decorate the home and make people feel especially cheerful and try to connect with them.
Holiday staging should utilize the same set of goals that off-season staging exercises. Excessive decorations could turn away buyers or in some cases even be offensive. Some items could also limit the freedom of visitors exploring your home, especially when fragile ornaments and tchotchkes are placed around the home. Holiday cheer could be tested if something also breaks when buyers go through your home.
Use decor to enhance and showcase rooms instead of distracting or crowding. Have a plan for after the holidays so that your home doesn’t feel too barren after decorations are removed. Consult with a staging expert for color recommendations, layout and furnishings that will help.
Sherwin L. Sucaldito, REALTOR®, GREEN, ABR, CRPM
The Institute of Luxury Home Marketing
Green REsource Council, GREEN
Accredited Buyer’s Representative , ABR
Certified Residential Property Manager, CRPM