Spring time is upon us (despite the fact that Calgary is currently under a blanket of snow) and Easter weekend is here. If you're putting your home on the market, or it already is, you may be wondering if you should be decorating for the Easter Bunny's arrival. "How much should I decorate?" "What kind of seasonal decor is appropriate?" "If my house is on the market for a long time, should I put up decorations for every holiday?" Read on to find out the answers to these questions, for successful home staging through all seasons of the year.
There are several concerns to keep in mind while staging your home during a holiday. The first is religion. If the holiday you celebrate is tied to a religion, no matter how distant, it can be a touchy subject for some homebuyers. If the buyer is of a different faith than the seller, it could be a lot harder for her to imagine herself living in that home. For that reason, try to keep religious objects out of the decor.
Some people simply go overboard with holiday decor. If your house overflows with ducklings, bunnies, chicks, and plastic pastel-coloured "grass" at this time of year, you might just be one of those people. Honestly ask yourself if you can bear to keep this year's decorations in storage. If not, cut them down by at least half. Those who do not have your zest for springtime may see the decorations as tacky, juvenile, clutter-y, or all three. If your family congregates at your place, perhaps this is the year to hold the family meal at someone else's house.
Decorating seasonally is a great way to add a unique touch to your home that will stay in a buyer's mind. However, the last thing you want is for a buyer to remember your home because you have Santa and his eight reindeer prancing over your roof in the form of inflatable plastic bubbles. Keep your decorations muted with tasteful greenery for the winter holidays, perhaps a cornucopia for Thanksgiving and a flag for Canada Day. It's ok to celebrate, but you want your home to appeal to a wide audience, so if you go crazy for holiday decor, just tone it down a bit.
Above all, keep it simple. Simplifying your home is always a good idea when it's up for sale. Making your living and storage spaces orderly and roomy-looking is important for selling your home and you'll be thankful that you have less to box up when it comes time to move! The old adage "if in doubt, toss it out" definitely applies here. Now is your opportunity to get rid of your children's broken toys, the kitchen gadgets everyone regrets, and the multiple sets of wrenches in your garage. Having said that, "tossing it out" doesn't always have to mean throwing it in the garbage; your local thrift store is a great way to get rid of things you no longer need, while helping out a charity.