It's December, Christmas is almost here, and if your home is on the market, you may be eager to deck the halls and bring all the cozy vibes into your home that's for sale.
While we've discussed how it is essential not to go overboard during holiday decor, we understand that this will also likely be the last time your family gets to make holiday memories in your home before it sells. We're here to help you navigate the holiday season while your home is on the market. So here are some tips to help make your home cozy for potential buyers this holiday season!
There is no substitution or scented holiday candle that will hide a cluttered or uncleaned home. Make sure that your home is kept clean and decluttered to avoid making your home look smaller. Remember, not only is your home going to be a place where you will live and celebrate the holidays, but it is also a product for sale. Adding additional clutter can hide some of your home's best features, so removing other decor items is always a good idea before adding Christmas decor to the mix.
If your home has already been staged, a great way to incorporate a few holiday items to help give your home a cozy feeling is to swap out existing decor for new holiday decor. Follow the rule, "One in, one out!" So, for example, you can change out that dining room centrepiece for one that is a bit more festive.
Incorporating all of the senses is a great way to add warmth and coziness to your home during the holiday season. Of course, this includes the sense of smell. This one can be tricky, as you should be careful not to go overboard with scent, particularly with artificial scents. But with the right balance, a warm scent can make your home incredibly cozy and inviting.
Instead of pulling out your favourite strongly sugar-cookie-scented candles, wax warmers, or plug-ins, opt for simmering a pot of cinnamon or filling your home with a warm, earthy natural fir wreath. Pine, cinnamon and vanilla are some of the more popular natural holiday scents that will help create that cozy atmosphere without becoming too overpowering.
There are a few ways that you can incorporate a little bit of texture into your decor, which will create a cozy environment. Keeping the rule of swapping out decor, the winter and the holidays are a great time to change out a thinner summer throw blanket for something thicker with texture, such as faux fur, knitted blankets, or flannel. You may also want to swap your current throw pillows for warmer colours and inviting textures.
One way that the holidays make your home so cozy is that it naturally incorporates many earthy elements like pine, wood, holly, pinecones, poinsettias, orange slices and fireplaces. As a result, it can create a calming atmosphere that harkens back to feelings of nesting and gathering.
As an added bonus, opting for neutral and earthy elements over flashy, colourful Christmas decor will help to accentuate your home's selling features rather than distracting from them.
Creating a cozy atmosphere starts outside. If you make your home inviting, more people will want to see what it looks like indoors. Keeping things simple but adding small touches will make a beautiful difference to your curb appeal without distracting or cluttering your entryways.
Skip the elaborate lights and inflatable decor, and add a wintery basket or two with cedar and some ornaments. You can also add a simple, natural holiday wreath to your front door. For more tips about decorating your exterior for the holidays while your home is on the market, check out one of our recent blogs.
If you are ready to make changes to your home, it's always a great idea to talk to your Professional, Loving, Local Realtor® and your staging team. Our Professional Stagers are experts in their field, so they know better than anyone how to approach staging your home for the holidays without causing too much clutter. In addition, we'd be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about your specific home and how you can help make it more inviting for potential buyers during the festive season.
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