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If people are selling their houses during the holidays, they shouldn’t ignore the season when staging their homes, according to Barb Schwarz, creator of Home Staging® and the CEO of

Schwarz provided Realtor® magazine with several suggestions on how to stage a home during the holiday season:

Don’t turn the heat off

Make the investment necessary to keep the home heated during the cold months, as prospective buyers won’t want to take much time to tour a home if they’re cold. So keep the home warm and inviting, especially if it’s vacant.

Keep it light

Use plenty of lighting throughout the home to offset the darkness that comes with the winter months. This may mean investing in timers for every room.

Keep it simple

How people live in their homes is not the same as how they sell the home, and that goes for holiday decorating, as well. The decorations shouldn’t distract potential home buyers from envisioning what it’s like to live there.

While many people’s holiday decorations revolve around their faith, keep religious items to a minimum as long as the home is on the market. Stick to a Christmas tree, a tasteful wreath on the door and a centerpiece on the table, for instance.

Keep it tidy

No matter when you’re selling your home, it’s just as important to keep it clean and free of clutter during the holidays as it is any other time of year. This could be more challenging during the holiday season, thanks to snow and rain.

Keep the outside neat

If your home is for sale during the winter, you can’t put off raking those leaves or shoveling the snow. Those side effects of winter weather can hide aspects of the home that buyers can and want to see from the curb, and it just might curb their desire to buy the home, as well. Consider whether your home is easily visible from the street, is well-lit and whether the driveway is free of snow. You may also want to add color that winter has stolen by placing a pot of colorful flowers outside and perhaps invest in more outdoor lights.

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