The holiday season is just around the corner; it’s just about time to decorate, celebrate, and spend time with loved ones. But, what if you are looking to list your home this winter? Even though winter isn’t exactly ‘real estate season,’ there are still adventurous house-hunters searching for that diamond in the rough. Attract said buyers with some of our simple decorating and staging practices; beat the real estate offseason this winter and celebrate the new year in a new home.
Stage Before you Decorate
Before you fill your home with the joys of the holidays, considering having your home staged first. If your home is already cluttered, adding holiday decorations to a cluttered home will only create a messy and unorganized environment. Once your home has been staged, then it is time to decorate!
Subtlety is Key
When you begin decorating your home for the holidays, try to match your decorations with the existing decor. Further on, while you decorate try and accentuate the best features of your home with minor accessories. Add a Poinsettia to your table’s centerpiece, hang mistletoe in an arched doorway, and/or place some large pine cones on the fireplace mantel; just try to avoid masking positive features with too many decorations.
Utilize the Winter Scents
When you think of the holiday season, what scents stick out the most? Is it the fresh pine from the Christmas tree? Is it the smell of cinnamon buns in the oven? Or maybe it’s the smell of hot cider boiling on the stove-top. Whatever scent gets you most excited for the holidays, use it to create a holiday aroma for showings. Whatever you end up using, still remember that subtlety is key and to not go overboard on the scents as some people are more sensitive than others.
Create an Inviting Exterior
Help out your potential buyers by establishing a clear pathway to your front door, keep the driveway and walkway clear and salted at all times for those unexpected showings. Go light on lights this year to keep with the subtlety of the interior decorations, avoid multi-coloured lights and large, decorative holiday displays. Lastly, give some life to the exterior with a few seasonal planters; combine pine, birch-wood, colourful berries and some ribbon to create a holiday planter that will draw more attention to your home.
The most important thing to remember while listing in the winter is: be patient! Winter buyers are scarce but serious, they are the true winter warriors so treat them as such; keep your home warm and cozy, eliminate slippery ice, and try your hardest to wow them. Supply is low, make your home the most desirable on the market and become the center of attention for potential buyers.
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