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Preparing A Home for Sale During the Holidays

There are certain extra steps you can take to really help to showcase and market a home during the holidays:

While some sellers choose to take their home off the market during the holiday season, there are some good reasons to keep that “For Sale” sign in the yard. For one, the buyers who are looking at this time are serious about making a purchase.

Staging a property for sale is important in every season, but there are some special rules to consider during the holidays. You can and should decorate for the holidays. Just remember, the same staging principles apply.  

There are certain extra steps you can take to really help to showcase and market a home during the holidays:

~ Neutral Holiday Decor ~

The holidays give you an extra chance to show just how warm and welcoming your home is. Keep decorations conservative and don't overdo it on outdoor lighting. Simple white lights with a pretty holiday wreath on the front door can add just enough sparkle to the house. Place a big red bow on the “For Sale” sign with some holiday greenery, twinkling lights and elegant decorations inside to help give buyers a dose of seasonal cheer.


 ~ Remember The Basics ~ 

Taking care of needed maintenance and repairs are always important. A thorough cleaning and removing clutter are equally essential. Tidying up the yard and touching up the exterior appearance to improve the curb appeal can make the difference between a deal and no deal.  

~ Think Warm & Cozy ~ 

Home staging techniques are used to make homes look bigger, brighter, warmer and more appealing. Setting a cozy scene in the winter is essential. Turn up the thermostat and light a fire in the fireplace for open houses.  

Displaying photos of how the property looks in summer is also good idea.  

~ Good Lighting Is Important ~ 

Your home may appear darker because of less daylight. Fight the gloom, turn on the lights for visitors, this is no time to worry about the electric bill. Open blinds, drapes and shutters to let natural light in.    

Remember, if a home is presented properly and priced right it will sell any day of the year!

Happy Holidays from Ambiance Decorators

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mark slade November 17, 2012 at 08:48 PM
This Team does a great job staging and helped to sell my last listing with Multiple Bids in less than a week. You might also want to look around and see the difference yourself by checkout out some Open Houses: www.montclairnjopenhouses.com
Sandra Bolcar December 15, 2012 at 09:45 PM
December is actually a good month to have your home listed. While most think that buyers are busy with the holidays, that's only partially true. Every December, I'm always surprised (just when I think I can take a week or two off) when I get busy with serious buyers and although inventory can be at it's lowest point, the good homes really stand out and go under contract quickly. A little staging goes a long way as first impressions are what count either on the internet "your first appointment with lookers" and in person "your first appointment" with buyers. Ambiance Decorators are the best and can pull together a home on any budget--from re-arranging what you have to putting together a tasteful selection of furniture needed. Look what is being listed and selling in your town. Check out the current market at www.WhatsMyNJHomeWorth.com
Ambiance Decorators December 17, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Sandra - Thank you so much for your kind words! You're exactly right...a little staging goes a long way! Happy Holidays to you and your family. We look forward to our next project together! All the best, Amy & Katie

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