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With a host of holidays quickly approaching, now is a great time to make your listings stand out. That said, here are a few tips to help infuse your staging, listing photos, and open houses with a bit of holiday spirit! Just remember, run your ideas by your seller and don’t go overboard. You want to attract buyers, not push them away!

  1. Depersonalize it.

Whenever you show someone’s house, the general rule is to keep personal information about your clients out of sight. Holiday photos and personalized decorations like pictures from the family hay ride or Christmas stockings with the kids’ names on them should therefore be stored during showings.

  1. Keep it simple.

While highlighting a holiday or season can draw positive attention to your listing, you want to ensure the property itself is the main attraction. You don’t need to fill the home with cobwebs and skulls to make it look spooky. A few orange and black candles can generate that same Halloween feel without being obnoxious.

  1. Stick to the classics.

A simple wreath on the door or garland on the fireplace will be more universally appealing than an inflatable graveyard or life-size nativity scene. To appeal to more buyers, minimize or eliminate overtly religious symbols.

  1. Accentuate positive features

A bland mantle can look impressive with the right decorative touches. Bay windows can be accentuated with the right seasonal color scheme. A simple staircase can turn into a must-have feature if you present it right. Use seasonal decorating to draw attention to the details that make your listing different from others on the market.

  1.  A good smell goes a long way.

Pumpkin spice potpourri, freshly baked cookies, scented pinecones, pine-scented air fresheners: there are many ways to create a seasonal scent. Just try not to overwhelm visitors. The fragrance should be a pleasant background effect, not a nasal assault.

Do you have more tips for decorating during the holidays? Share them in the comments below! To attract more buyers to your listings, try Homes.com’s Featured Agent and Featured Office program. We’ll put your listings one click away from Google in the city of your choice. Find out more at (888) 651-8956 or productinfo@homes.com.