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How Much Decorating is Too Much When Selling During the Holidays?

Holidays Home Staging

The Christmas Holidays is the perfect time for the over-the-top and outlandish décor! The more the merrier as they say it.  But how much is too much when selling during the holidays? If you’re selling this Holiday Season, you might want to keep some of those holiday décors in the box for now and just use it in your new house next year.  Too many holiday decorations can throw off your buyers.  Here are some tips to guide you:

1. Skip  BIG INFLATABLE SANTAS, RUDOLFS, and SNOW-MEN  from the street-view of your property. These are big distractions that can ruin your home’s curb appeal. Instead, use a festive wreath with a large bow on the front door.  Simple, yet very appealing.

2. KEEP WALKWAYS and DRIVEWAYS SALTED AND FREE OF SNOW. You want to make the home look like it’s been maintained.  If you’re away frequently or live in an area that’s subject to bad weather, it helps to hire a service to regularly salt or shovel the driveway and sidewalks for better curb appeal and safety during house showings.

3. SIMPLIFY YOUR DECORATIONS. You still want the features of the home to be highlighted, not the holiday décor.  Go easy on your mantle (if you have one); too much stuff on your mantle can make it look cluttered and unappealing for buyers.

4. KEEP HOLIDAY DECOR NON-DENOMINATIONAL.  Potential buyers may not celebrate the holidays the same way you do. Pack away nativity scenes this year and appeal to all. Replace it with a holiday floral arrangement instead.

5. MIND YOUR SPACE. Use a skinny, tall, Christmas tree if you have a small space. Showing the spaciousness of a home is important.  Avoid big trees that takes way too much space and skip a multitude of different coloured lighting. Tuck cords and cables away, where possible.

6. DON’T GO CRAZY ON COLOURS AND PATTERNS. Consider 1 or 2 (tops) colour scheme. More than two colours can be overwhelming, especially in a small space.

Lastly, if you have a gas fireplace, turn it on before the showing, this can give the house a little ambiance. And adjust your home’s thermostat to a warmer temperature to make it comfortable and welcoming. Always remember that buyers who come in and aren’t comfortable won’t stay long.

Red Barrinuevo | Your Toronto Home Stager

Is a Canadian Certified Staging Professional. His professional affiliations include the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) and the CSP. He is the recipient of numerous home staging awards and was picked as RESA’s Top Professional Stager of Canada for 2016. He has worked with hundreds of Real Estate Brokers, Investors, Real Estate Agents, and has helped homeowners showcase their homes at its best when it is time to sell.

As President and Principal Stager of REDESIGN4MORE, Red provides home staging and interior redecorating services for both small and large-scale residential projects throughout Toronto and the GTA. Click here to learn more about Red and REDESIGN4MORE.