Tips for Staging During the Holiday Season



As the wonderful holiday season fast approaches it is the time to consider how you are going to deal with staging. It’s magical to see sparkling light shows, but not so much when you are trying to buy a home for your family. Ultimately, your goal with staging for any time of the year is to create a clean and open atmosphere. This invites imagination from among your prospective buyers as they envision themselves living in the home they are touring. Discover ways that you accommodate the holiday season while maintaining the professional look that your clients and potential buyers want.

Strike the Staging Moment Right

When someone walks through a home during the holiday season for an open house, leave them with plenty of visual space. Open up the rooms by removing any holiday decor. However, you do want to capture some of the magic of the season. An effective solution for maintaining your budget is to stick with a single color scheme.

For example:

  • Use all white lights for strings of holiday lighting
  • Hang solid red bows on display outside of windows
  • Drape fresh greenery as garnish across mantles
  • Create wreaths from brown twigs or dried grapevines

These ideas are easy, cost-effective, and brilliant for achieving your overall goals.

Yay or Nay to Holiday Ornaments

Typically, you want to keep the ornaments to a minimum. After all, these glittery glass balls can be distracting and cause unexpected crashes to take place when buyers are touring a home. If you do choose to have a holiday tree with ornaments, go with a single color scheme. You also want the ornaments to complement the color of your decor. Also, look for ornaments made from a material that will not break easily and avoid any fragile glass ornaments.

Keep the Focus on the House

Now here are a few items to steer clear of. Slip any homemade or personalized ornaments and decorations out of sight before visitors arrive. Also stay away from inflatables, collections of dolls, or holiday displays, such as miniature town scenes. These clutter and distract the buyers as they look at the bigger picture of how they will fit in this space. As you consider other items, such as holiday treats or greeting cards, less is more in any case.

Make the Most of the Holidays

The holidays are a magical time of year when families are ready to make the most of a fabulous home buying opportunity. Contact me for additional tips in the real estate market and let me help you sell your home this holiday season.

Choosing An interior Decorator

For today’s architects and new homebuilders, the amazing advancements in technology and design offer an unprecedented wealth of amenities and efficiency options that can be included in new home construction. Some of the latest innovations are designed to be eco-friendly and save energy and resources, others are added for comfort and convenience, while some are just plain fun.

Save time and money with enhancements installed during the building process rather than paying more to have them installed at a later date.

The Modern Bathroom

An eco-friendly toilet is a stylish compliment to the modern bathroom. Choose from sleekly designed models that feature motion activation seats and lids, deodorizing no-odor charcoal filters, multi-option bidets and heated air dryers. If you want all the “bells and whistles” add a built in foot warmer and moisture-proof speakers to play your favorite melodies or the morning news via a remote wireless mirror docking station.

A heated tile bathroom floor offers welcome warmth during cold mid-western winters. Heat elements placed under the tile installation can be controlled by a wireless remote temperature control. Visit your electrical contractors showroom for inspiration and information on additional luxury options including lighted anti-fog mirrors, heated towel racks and digitally controlled aroma therapy essential oil diffusers for shower or tub.

How about a flat screen TV for the bathroom that converts to a stylish mirror when not in use?

Are you worried about the amount of your family’s water usage? Digital shower controls designed to help conserve water, exhibit a green blinking light when the user exceeds 2 minutes of water consumption and a red light then reminds you that you have used more than your fair share. Safety features include precisely set controls and temperature adjustments to prevent pressure fluctuations of scalding or freezing cold water.

Feeling lazy? Draw your bath water with a click of an app on your cell phone or tablet. Electronic water flow meters control temperature and tub water volume. Feel more like a shower? Pamper yourself with multiple pressured massaging shower jets installed to fit your personal height and body frame.

After a hard day at the office or a strenuous workout, nothing feels better than relaxing in your own private home sauna or steam room. Let your imagination run wild. If you can dream of a creature comfort that you would like in your personal space, it is likely your architect or building contractor can locate and install appliances, gadgets or gizmos to satisfy your most hedonistic desires.

Consider adding a skylight to brighten bathroom space equipped with a solar charged exhaust fan that is automatically activated by humidity or temperature.

Home Interior Temperature Controls

Traditional thermostats waste energy, cooling and heating your home when no one is home. A wirelessly controlled digital thermostat system controls the home by zones, keeping bedrooms and unused rooms or storage space cooler, while family living space stay toasty warm. The latest technology reminds you to turn down the thermostat before you leave the house. If you forget, no problem, built in automatic features will do it for you based on a preset programmable time schedule. Should you decide to come home early from a business trip or vacation, an app on your cell phone can call ahead and turn on the heat or air conditioning systems.

Air Quality

Talk to your heating and air conditioning contractor for information about the many different electronic air filtration systems available if your family has problems with dust or seasonal allergies. If dry winter air is a problem, a system wide humidifier will let everyone in the family breathe easier.

Laundry Room Amenities

The latest technology to change the way we do laundry includes a waterless washing machine that uses recyclable polymer pellets to absorb the soil, grease and grime in the dirtiest of clothing. Because water usage is one of the highest consumptions of energy, eco-conscious homeowners are flocking to include a waterless washing machine in their laundry room installation plans.