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Listing your home at any time of year requires careful planning, preparation and staging. However, during the holiday season in particular, there are a few extra considerations to keep in mind that you may not have thought of. Your goal is to impress potential buyers and get top dollar for your home, so we’ve outlined 5 tips to help sell your home while still enjoying a holiday, festive spirit.

1. Don’t decorate every inch

Most potential buyers will have their own Christmas, Kwanzaa, or Hanukkah traditions and décor ideas, and some don’t celebrate the season at all. For this reason, it’s important not to decorate every table, wall or shelf throughout the house and make it feel cluttered. You want buyers to see what’s great about your warm, cozy and airy home, without feeling like they’ve intruded on your holiday celebrations.

2. Aim for simple and elegant

If you typically like to go all out like Clark Griswold during the holidays, you may need to back away from going overboard this year. Remember, it’s only for this one year, and it does make a difference in the ‘wow factor’ when you choose simple, elegant decorations carefully placed in key areas. Pale grey, white, silver, gold and woody shades add a touch of elegance if you’re feeling that you’d like to tone down the bright reds and greens.

3. Tips on trees

If you love having a Christmas tree, you can still enjoy one when staging your home to sell! However, keep in mind that it shouldn’t overpower the room, block out windows, or get in the way of walking around. Again, simple and elegant should be your theme.

4. Pay attention to curb appeal

A fresh pine wreath on the front door, a string of white lights, and/or a birch branch planter with evergreens will do wonders to show off your festive spirit while keeping the decorations basic, but impactful. Don’t forget to keep snow cleared, outdoor lights on at night, and safety salt put down if it’s icy.

5. Be flexible with showings

Selling your home during the holidays means you’ll need to be prepared to show it whenever possible, even though it’s an extra busy time of year. Be sure to tell your Realtor® in advance of any specific times when you won’t be able to have people view it, such as if you’re hosting a holiday party or open house or having your festive meal. While having extra items around such as wrapping paper, kids’ crafts and cookie tins is expected this time of year, keeping things as organized as possible will really help show off your home’s true beauty.

One last tip we just have to share is this: Don’t forget to have fun and enjoy the holidays, even if you are trying to sell your home! It’s still important to make lasting memories, so try not to get too overwhelmed. If you need to, call in a staging expert or cleaning crew to help you free up some time. Finally, don’t forget to work with the professional, trusted Realtors® at Clairwood Real Estate. It’s our job to help get that SOLD sign up any time of year, so be sure to call us at 705-445-7085 if you’re looking to buy or sell in the Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Blue Mountains, Grey County or Meaford area. Happy holidays!