Realtor - Amanda S. Davidson: 5 Staging Tips For Selling During The Holidays

5 Staging Tips For Selling During The Holidays

5 Staging Tips For Selling During The Holidays

Tis the season for holiday festivities, gift giving, strained budgets, and in this area bitter cold and grey days. This time of year can be hard on sellers but, it doesn’t have to be. The good news is buyers who are out looking in our less than ideal temperatures are serious. They’re certainly not out because the weather is beautiful and the grass is green! Selecting the right holiday décor will have them wanting to toast the New Year in YOUR home.

Holiday Staging Tips For Selling During The Holidays 

Holidays are personal on many levels but, when selling your home during the holiday keep your décor neutral.

Try these tips to get buyers in the right spirit:

Clean and Stage - this tip is not holiday related but, it will get you ready to decorate. If you already have dust bunnies rolling across the floor and clutter overflowing on the bookshelf adding decorations is only going to make your home feel smaller. So many sellers overlook having their home spotless for buyers and it’s a big mistake. Hire the professionals if you can both for cleaning and staging.

Less is more – don’t let this idea keep you from adding holiday decorations to your home altogether, it just has to be added in small doses. The right touches will make your home feel welcoming and cozy. A holiday wreath hung on the door, a new holiday welcome mat, or pine cones in an attractive vase will all make your home feel festive without causing it to look cluttered.


Staging Tips For Selling Your Home During The Holidays 


Equal Opportunity –
remember above when we mentioned neutral décor? This is not the year to break out your life-sized Nativity set. Anything overly religious should not be included when decorating a home that’s for sale during the holidays. You want to attract any buyer and you’re not going to do that if they feel uncomfortable or offended by your décor. Think snowflakes, pinecones, mistletoe and nutcrackers.

 

Clark Griswold – leave the inflatables in storage. What might be merry to you could be downright tacky to a buyer. This is not the time cover your yard in inflatables and light up the block. Stick to minimal string lighting, preferably white lights and play up the positives of the exterior of your home.


5 Staging Tips For Selling During The Holidays

 

Tree Time – select a tree based off the space you’re putting it in. Have a two-story foyer or great room? A tall tree can be the perfect accent to showcase it. Be mindful of your floor space and don’t get one that overwhelms it. If you have a tight living space go with a skinny tree. Your tree needs a theme, this is not the year for mismatched ornaments to trim your tree.

 

With the right holiday décor, your home can immediately get buyers into the holiday spirit. You just have to remember you still want your home to look spacious. Don’t decorate every nook and cranny and keep a theme for your decorations to create consistency. For most of us that means using just a tiny bit of our décor and that’s ok. Just remember, your goal is to be in a new home for the next holiday and then you can decorate any way you’d like! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Amanda Davidson

Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group

Broker - Owner
Licensed in VA and DC

5680 King Centre Drive #600
Alexandria, VA 22315

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Comment balloon 35 commentsAmanda S. Davidson • November 24 2018 09:32PM

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Good morning Amanda S. Davidson,

Some excellent tips about decorating for the holidays when your home is on the market. You can still add some tasteful holiday decorations which make the home welcoming and cozy..just don't over do. Nicely done!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) 21 days ago

Good morning, Amanda S. Davidson I'm a great fan of "less is more".... that's how I like to live.... no clutter... plenty of room to walk.... but enough decorations to be appreciated....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 21 days ago

Hi Amanda... nothing wrong with decorating for the holidays so long as it's done with a modicum of restraint and good taste.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Charlotte, NC) 21 days ago

So very nicely put ideas for decorating for the holidays. Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team ( Elite Realty Group) 21 days ago

Happy Wednesday!  I go by the rule, less is more.  It seems to be classy if you have nice touches throughout instead of totally filling up one room with Christmas Decor. My opinion.

Posted by Carla Harbert, RE/MAX Omega: Lorain-Medina County Area (www.LorainCountyHomeSales.com) 21 days ago

Good morning Amanda S. Davidson 

Thank you for sharing your staging tips with us 

Have a great day.

11/28/2018. 

Posted by Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM, Associate Broker (Harry Norman, REALTORS® ) 21 days ago

Amanda, Yes - Welcoming and warm, but less in the clutter department. Buyers will be out and about during the Holidays and you tips for sellers is excellent!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 21 days ago

Hi Amanda S. Davidson, I showed a home yesterday that had one wall covered with Christmas cards, oversized decorations and much more. The buyers felt overwhelmed and didn't stay in the home for long. You've provided some great tips for sellers during this time of the year.

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) 20 days ago

Good afternoon Amanda - clean and minimal; something you might see when decorating a public space during the holidays.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 20 days ago

Great Blog Amanda,  You come up with great information for people that are putting their home on the market.

 

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 20 days ago

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR thank you! I think so too, there's something so inviting about a home with tasteful decorations. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 20 days ago

Barbara Todaro me too, I can't take clutter any time of the year!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 20 days ago

Nina Hollander I completely agree. I go by that motto in general, can't take the clutter that results from over decorating.

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 20 days ago

Norma J. Elkins thank you! Happy Holidays!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 20 days ago

Carla Harbert I agree. Thank you for stopping by!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 20 days ago

Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM thank you again for re-blogging this post! 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 20 days ago

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 thank you!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 20 days ago

Beth Atalay I understand why your clients didn't stay long. I have never been a fan of cards being displayed, they look so much neater in a basket. I hope your buyers found another home!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 20 days ago

Grant Schneider that's a perfect example, I like it!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 20 days ago

Will Hamm thank you! 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 20 days ago

Hi Amanda S. Davidson - Great tips for staging during the holidays! I really like the reference to Clark Griswald!  LOL!  

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 20 days ago

Thanks for the tips, Amanda.  Sellers will find them very useful during the holidays.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 20 days ago

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® I couldn't resist haha! That's a house on Long Island that a friend of mine goes to see every year, cracks me up!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 20 days ago

Gabe Sanders thank you!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 20 days ago

Your tips are always spot on, your clients would be very wise to listen to your advice!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 20 days ago

Brian England thank you so much! I hope you're having a great day!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 20 days ago

Amanda, glad you added, leaving those inflatables packed - they always look deflated and really makes the curb appeal look bad.  Great tips.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 19 days ago

Ahh, the Griswolds!! LOL I so remember that and you're right, tasteful is good - Griswold-over-the-top, not so much!!

Great information, Amanda!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 19 days ago

Joan Cox they sure do, they're very distracting!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 19 days ago

Debe Maxwell, CRS lol I couldn't help myself! Thank you!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 19 days ago

Hi Amanda

I think these are terrific tips for staing your home to sell during the holidays! I have one in process right now.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 19 days ago

This is timely advice to share with home sellers.

Have a great weekend.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 19 days ago

Roy Kelley thank you! I hope you and Dolores have a great weekend too.

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 18 days ago

Amanda, excellent tips for staging during the holidays. The owner of the Greenbrier and WV Governor has so much decorations in the front yard it is ridiculous.  From the ground past the roof top he has decorations every year. He, of course, has a company put them up and take them down.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty, Martha Hilton, Broker) 18 days ago

Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor® that sounds over the top. I don't want to know how much that costs, makes me cringe to think about it. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 18 days ago

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