The holidays are all about giving (even when you’re hunting for an offer), so take the time to give your house a mini seasonal makeover for festive home viewings.
First, make sure all the year-round outdoor lights are functioning — winter days are shorter so having the walkway and front door lit up for evening viewings is a must. Second, when it comes to seasonal light displays, keep it simple. String white lights to highlight an architectural feature or a splendid fir tree in the front yard…and make sure the light-up reindeer display stays in the garage.
Any home stager worth their salt will tell you first impressions are most important — and since the front door is often the first thing a potential buyer will see, better make it count. Give that dull door a done-in-minutes holiday makeover by hanging a tasteful wreath or swag. Placing a seasonal arrangement in the entryway or on a hall table also makes it feel like they’re coming home for the holidays, rather than coming into your home for an open house.
Even though year-round home staging is all about a less-is-more philosophy, when the holidays roll around ramping up your ornament game is a must. But don’t go totally overboard: a bowl of fragrant pinecones, some strategically placed sprigs of holly, or a bowl of shiny glass baubles should do the trick. Oh, and stay away from overtly religious displays as it might put off some people — remember it’s about them, not you.
Your eclectic collection of Christmas tree ornaments may hold great sentimental value to you and your family, but they may clash horribly with your home décor and need to remain securely packed away. Think about your living room’s colour palette and find ornaments that fit within it. If the walls are white, maybe opt for a faux white tree, or if the room is decorated in darker tones, consider gold or green holiday accents.
Stepping out of the biting cold and into a warm and cozy home is one of the few pleasures of wintertime. Enhance the corporeal experience of your potential buyers by making sure the thermostat is turned up a couple of extra degrees. If there is a fireplace, always have it lit, either when showing the house or when taking staged photos.
Thanks to human physiology, the quickest way to access memories is through the sensation of smell — so make sure your potential buyers are getting good ones the moment they walk through the door. Simmering apple cider or baking a batch of ginger cookies are good standbys, but take it a step further and sparingly spritz a winter-scented home fragrance throughout and breathe deeply.