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With over 300,000 people moving to North Carolina each year in the U.S., putting your house on the market during the holiday season could be a good bet if you are planning on selling your home soon. While it seems like the hustle and bustle of the season would interfere with your plans to sell, you can utilize the warmer weather of a North Carolina winter and enjoyment of the festivities to your advantage.

What’s the best way to show my house to its full potential? How do I get started? Staging your home and working with a company that specializes in this service is going to put your house on the market and ahead of the rest.

Continue reading for some tips and tricks to help you with home staging.

1. Compliment and Accentuate the Best Parts

One of the key factors at play when dealing with how to stage a home is drawing attention to the best parts of your house. Do you have a fireplace for those colder than usual nights? Make sure to clean it, stack it with fresh wood, and place some inviting holiday decor strategically around the fireplace.

If your home has high archways or decorative spaces in the wall, add some tasteful decorations, a wreath, or pine garlands.

2. Don’t Use Holiday Scents

While we associate the holidays with the scents of cinnamon, pine trees, and baking gingerbread, overpowering visitors (and potential buyers) to your home with smells could be a turn-off. Many people have allergies or sensitivity to smells, and may not want to see a home with strong odors, no matter how pleasant they seem to you.

Find unscented pinecones to stage the home with, don’t light the candles, and stick to clean aromas.

3. Trim the Tree Tastefully

Showcasing a space for your tree can help with the professional staging feel, as long as it’s done well. Keep the tree on the smaller side, as you don’t want to overwhelm your space.

Simple lighting and classic ornaments in a theme that match can go a long way to invite potential buyers into your home.

4. Attend to the Lighting

The outside of your property should be attractive, as it’s your home stage and the first thing customers will see. Avoid garish or tacky holiday lighting and blow-up figures.

Inside, check your lightbulbs and consider changing harsh bright lights to warm yellow tones. You want the atmosphere to be cozy and inviting.

If you have a patio or deck, hanging a few strands of single-colored lights around could highlight the opportunity for outdoor social events with neighbors and community members.

Staging Your Home the Right Way

Now that you know some of the best tricks for staging your home during the holiday season, why don’t you take it a step further and bring in the professionals to stage and sell your home?

Chris Creekmore and the Creekmore Realty Group specialize in senior real estate and are SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialists) certified. Contact us today and see how we can help you get the most from your home sale.