The holidays can be an ideal time to market a home. Families spend more time together, and sellers making a move during fall and early winter tend to be highly motivated.
Also, companies transfer employees according to need, and January is one of the busiest times of the year. When relocating transferees often have only a few weeks to find a home so make sure your house stands out with a few well-placed holiday decorations.
I am happy to offer staging advice as to help you strike the right balance between inviting and memorable.
I would suggest you not to clutter tabletops, mantles or countertops or put holiday decorations out too soon. Wait until after Thanksgiving and take them down by the first weekend in January.
This may not be the year to put up a big tree because it can make a room appear cramped. The number one reason buyers choose a home is to have more space so let them look around without stepping around gift packages or avoiding fragile ornaments.
If you want a live tree, make sure it’s watered so the tree won’t turn brown or drop needles. Use fresh garlands to decorate mantles and doorways, and you can throw them away after the season.
Your time is best spent cleaning, staging and packing nonessentials in preparation for moving. Your home will show better and you’ll feel less stress if you don’t take on too much.