The holidays can come with their own set of to-do lists, errands, engagements and budgets. But did you know the holidays are also a great time to sell your home? Follow these quick tips on staging your luxury Sonoma home during the holidays to help entice potential buyers and nab that ideal offer!
Clean Before You Conquer Decor
Yay, the holidays are here! But before you unpack boxes of lights and garland, give your home a through deep cleaning. And not just the standard vacuuming and dusting, although those are always important to sell your home. De-clutter your spaces, too. This is a key home staging concept year-round, but clutter definitely tends to accumulate during the holiday season. Piles of magazines and shelves lined with tchotchkes can not only overwhelm buyers, they can also make spaces look sparse.
“You want to romance your buyer, not invite them to your Christmas party.”
-Amy Powers, Home Stager
Stay Neutral to Sell your Home
One of the hardest parts of staging a home is removing personal items, like pictures and your child’s artwork. But providing a neutral palate is essential to enable buyers to see themselves living in your home. This is especially important during the holidays, like stockings with names and family welcome signs. This goes for more religious decorations, too – try to keep the décor appealing to the widest range of buyers possible. Look for festive yet neutral items, like nutcrackers and gorgeous poinsettias.
Stage your Home with the Holidays in Mind
After point one and two, it may seem easier to go with the less is more approach and just skip holiday decorating altogether. However a few subtle touches can really make your home more warm and inviting to home buyers. These simple ideas from HGTV are easy and neutral, yet still feel seasonal: fill a bowl or vase with pine cones, hang an elegant yet simple wreath on the door, or simmer a pot of cider on the stove to create an authentic air freshener that leaves a lasting impression.
Don’t forget the exterior and curb appeal! If it’s just not the holidays without decorating the exterior of your home, skip the inflatables, nativity scene and brightly colored lights. Instead, use white twinkle lights that complement most styles, décor and taste.
Play Up the Amenities
Draw attention to your home’s best features and amenities by using strategically placed holiday decorations. For instance, pay homage to Sonoma County with a cork wreath above a stunning fireplace. Or hang mistle toe at the top of an extravagant archway. Have soaring ceilings? Use a tall, thinner Christmas tree in an area with high ceilings. A menorah or candelabra also sets off insets or built-ins. Likewise, don’t over do it and block or hide amenities with your décor!
It’s simple. If you want to sell your home over the holidays, bring in the sights, sounds and smells of the season. And use it to your advantage! A warm, welcoming luxury Sonoma home will attract the buyers who are serious about making an offer and moving quickly.
Curious on how you can prep your home for the highest offer? Call Rebecca Celli today for a consultation!