Decorating tips for selling your home over the holidays

Winter decorating

There are a few things to consider when selling your house over the holidays and an important one is whether to decorate or not. How to do it successfully when you may have showings is another key consideration. There is a staging solution that works well for sellers and potential buyers but the difficulty is how to make it happen while carrying out all the celebratory tasks already on the agenda.

Get a staging consultation done to find out what is needed to make your house competitive with others on the market. The costs vary and so it is important to match your staging needs with what your stager will do. A simple discussion with a stager can help you determine what your needs are so engage in the conversation. You may not be fully aware of what home stagers can do to successfully meet your requirements. Ottawa’s best stagers are listed on

Once the list of things to do is prepared for you, determine what you can or want to do and what your stager can take care of. Some stagers have a wealth of resources and excellent project management skills.

Have professional photos taken once work is complete. Have your stager recommend the photographer and do it when the house is at its best. This gives your photos longevity during January and February when the holidays are over. Christmas decorated house photos are a big negative for marketing online and in printed materials.

After the professional photos are taken, decorate for the season lightly and simply. Keep in mind that you might want to remove some furniture if your rooms look too crowded because of the location of a Christmas tree. Your room will look much better to potential buyers and keep them looking at the key selling parts of your rooms, not what is on or under the tree.

Move out all wrapping and boxes after opening gifts. Don’t pile new treasures under the tree but put gifts away. Purchase a tree skirt in one colour to hide your tree stand to make it esthetically more pleasing. Do you want your stager to do your decorating too? There are some that will also do this for you.

Other tips to help you be ready for showing calls at this time of year:

  • Hide away storage containers that contain baking and cooking from countertops
  • Hide away gift wrapping materials that take up space and look cluttered
  • Wash and put away all kitchen dishes
  • Keep your entry clean and boot free
  • After January 1st remove all your Christmas décor including the outside lights, etc.
  • Update the wreath on your door to be more “wintery” rather than “holiday”
  • Keep your driveway and walkway and steps clear of snow and slip free.

Kim Dingwall, aka The Stittsville Stager, can be reached at 613-862-7585 and



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