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Go easy on the holiday displays

Apply some logic when it comes to Christmas decorations. Tasteful displays will, quite literally, show the home in its best light. Outfitting the home to compete with the Griswolds will make it a spectacle, but not necessarily saleable.

Let In the Light

It’s always a good idea to open blinds and make sure windows are sparkly when trying to sell your home. But especially with shorter days in the fall and winter, you want to make sure you maximize the light in your home, which can make it look larger, fresher, and also “highlight your home’s best features,” said HGTV. Still need a little help? “Let in as much natural light as possible…and place plenty of lamps throughout your home for additional illumination.”

Make your space inviting

As the weather cools down, a warm and cozy atmosphere will give potential home buyers a warm and cozy feeling. Use plush throws on the couch and beds, add season-accented pillows to couches and chairs, and, “Try displaying vases of seasonal foliage or bowls of seasonal fruit throughout your home,” said HGTV.

Prepare your fireplace

A roaring fireplace during showings adds to the welcoming feeling. But, even if you’re not yet ready to light a fire, making the fireplace look great is important. Clean those doors well, and sweep out the inside, too. If the paint inside your fireplace is wearing away, a fresh coat will help. Stack that wood nicely or replace it with some modern glass, and you’re ready to go.

Use seasonal scents to your advantage

The winter months are associated with certain smells and flavors (think: pine needles, cinnamon, peppermint and pumpkin pie). Beyond setting the mood with decorations, you could try appealing to buyers’ senses in multiple ways. If you’re hosting an open house  keep hot chocolate and pumpkin muffins on hand for visiting buyers. If you don’t want to go that far, keeping a scented candle burning in the background or playing some holiday music can work wonders.