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Should Sellers Decorate their Homes During the Holiday Season?

Today, there are just over 1 million homes for sale in the United States. While the holiday season is spent decorating with bright lights and vibrant colors for many homeowners, Americans selling their homes are hesitant. If your home is on the market, you are likely wondering to what degree you should decorate this year. After all, many real estate agents discourage clutter and personal items when prospective buyers are likely to stop by. So the question remains, can homeowners selling their homes still decorate for the holiday season?

The primary reason many realtors discourage personal items and clutter within the home is because clutter can make a space feel cramped and personal items will often inhibit a viewer from being able to imagine themselves within the space. Although holiday decorations will fill up space within the home, they can also make a home feel warmer and more welcoming if done correctly. For this reason, many realtors recommend that sellers use only minimal holiday trimmings and decorations in order to keep the home looking as spacious as possible. A few small holiday items will likely do the trick, as too many decorations can also be a distraction to viewers.

Another important thing to keep in mind is that the seller may be decorating their home for a holiday that prospective buyers do not celebrate. In order to keep your home welcoming and inclusive, it is best not to use overtly symbolic decorations and instead lean more towards festive decorations. For this, most realtors recommend one sign if at decoration within the living room and another welcoming holiday decorations by the door.

Most realtors agree to keep the holiday decorations in storage until after the shoot when it comes to staging photos. If your home takes months to sell, staging photos that show holiday decorations may seem odd and deter potential viewers from stopping by. This means that if your home’s listing photo shoot is scheduled for the holiday season, you may need to put off decorating. However, once the photos have been taken, feel free to decorate your home with tasteful decorations.

Lastly, Soleil Sotheby’s International Realty recommends sellers take down any holiday decorations immediately after the holidays. Although some American families enjoy keeping their holiday decorations up until Valentine’s Day, it will likely hinder buyer interest and make the home appear unkempt and dated.

How to Stage Your House for A Fast Sale

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According to a survey conducted by University Hospitals, moving is consistently listed as one of the most stressful periods in a person’s life. From finishing repairs to updating appliances, it’s easy to see why homeowners feel overwhelmed while preparing their homes to be put on the market. Luckily, Soleil Sotheby’s International Realty has helped sell thousands of homes since its foundation in 1999 and understands the ins and outs of the staging process.

When staging a home for sale, all homeowners should have in mind how best to present their home in a way that other buyers can envision themselves living there. Clutter is an excellent way to drive away potential buyers, as clutter can make a home feel small and unclean. As the majority of realtors will tell their clients, what attracts a buyer are three things:

–       Clean spaces

–       Large, open rooms

–       A relatively blank canvas

While the first two concepts are easy to understand, many families can find “a relatively blank canvas” confusing. To put it plainly, many buyers are looking for a home that presents them with ideas for layouts and furniture without feeling already owned and highly personal.

When homeowners begin preparing their home for staging, traditionally, their mind goes to cleaning, decluttering, and staging furniture. Although cleaning is an excellent first step, many homeowners forget that an essential aspect of cleaning is removing lingering smells. Families can often become smell-blind to their own homes and miss any lingering odors of mildew, animal waste, or cigarette smoke. Before putting a home on the market, homeowners are encouraged to walk through their home and check certain rooms like the basement, kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom for smells that may need to be removed with a deep clean.

Once homeowners are satisfied with their house’s level of cleanliness and have staged the furniture to their liking, it’s time to schedule house tours and viewings. Before leaving the house in the capable hands of a realtor, homeowners should take a quick look through their home for leftover clutter, and most importantly, turn on all lights in the house. Several studies have found that a home appearing too dark can be a significant turnoff for viewers who would have placed a bid. For this reason, remember to open blinds and turn on lights for your home’s next viewing!

Our Most Inspiring Views

Our Most Inspiring Views.

It’s no surprise that Jersey Shore real estate offers some of the most breathtaking views in the country. The combination of New Jersey’s endless golden shores, jewel-blue water, and sunset views make for a beautiful backdrop for its world-famous summers; this is especially true on the Absecon Island.

At Soleil Sotheby’s International Realty, our homes represent the true essence of summer living at its finest. We’ve chosen a few inspiring views to share.

 

4604 Atlantic Brigantine Blvd. #A, Brigantine
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This condominium in an exquisitely remodeled bay-front townhome offers beautiful views from its backyard bulkhead. You’ll witness not only views of the sunset but of the beautifully lit Atlantic City skyline at night.

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5000 Boardwalk #1915, Ventnor

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This penthouse for sale in Ventnor offers you your own private deck and front row seats to some of the most stunning views you’ll ever witness.

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353 S. 9th St., Brigantine

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This view looks like it’s from a tropical getaway – but it’s from a home for sale in Brigantine! This home offers not only an amazing view, but is just steps away from a beautiful beach.

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1205 Bayshore Ave., Brigantine

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Wake up every morning to spectacular views and the calming sound of crashing waves with this beachfront Margate home.

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4100 Boardwalk Unit #1, Atlantic City

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This Atlantic City condo for sale is not only a magnificent unit, it is right on the ocean so you are literally a few short steps from the beach.

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911 Cambridge  Ave., Ventnor Heights

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Another home that would be stunning on its own, but its backyard views make it even more exquisite.

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We know that the most inspiring homes have views as expansive as your vision and we’re confident that within your first sunrise at these viewpoints you’ll feel the inspiration flow like the Atlantic’s waves.

For more information on any of these homes contact us at 609.487.8000 info.soleil@sothebysrealty.com, or visit us at 8502 Ventnor Ave., Margate, NJ 08402