Ho-ho-home staging to sell during the holidays

Less clutter is still Rule Number 1

Catherine Chandler with Showhomes home staging staged this home in Northwest Portland,, November 20, 2017 (KOIN)
Catherine Chandler with Showhomes home staging staged this home in Northwest Portland,, November 20, 2017 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Typically, this is one of the slowest times of the year for home sales. But staging your home for the holidays can make a big difference.

“Often times staging makes people fall in love with the home and guess what if you make multiple people fall in love with the home there might be a little bit of a bidding war,” said Catherine Chandler with Showhomes Home Staging.

One example is a home in Northwest Portland where the owners moved out in June. For 3 months the house sat empty. Interested people kept going through the home, but no one made an offer. The price was reduced, a stager was brought in and now there is a prospective buyer.

Catherine Chandler with Showhomes home staging, November 20, 2017 (KOIN)
Catherine Chandler with Showhomes home staging, November 20, 2017 (KOIN)

Chandler said staging is in a sense about wiping the slate clean and giving new home owners a way to imagine their own dreams and memories. Remove clutter, and if you do use holiday decorations use them sparingly — a small tree with two or three boxes — then accent with wreaths, garland, or other holiday table displays.

“It’s best to focus on the rooms where the celebrations are going to happen,” Chandler told KOIN 6 News. “So if you’re going to be in most cases in the kitchen, the living room, the dining room, those are the areas you want to focus on.”

For homes with people still in them, less clutter is still Rule Number 1. Very personal collections of everything from beer steins to nativity displays should be removed.

It’s typically a slow time of year for home sales, but with some de-cluttering and just a touch of Christmas decor, even a slow time of year can be a time to get a house sold.