Have you ever looked online at photos (while bundled in a sweater drinking hot chocolate) and come across a home with Easter bunnies romping all over the family room? Or Cupid? Uncle Sam? "Holy Cow!" you exclaim. "That home will be a steal! It's been on the market forever!" Dear Reader, we don't want to date your photos. We want a fresh look – an enticing image of your home. If you must decorate for the holidays, limit yourself to just a few, tasteful items. And please wait to haul them out of the attic until AFTER the photos!
Awhile back I staged a home with small children – Believers. A tree with handmade ornaments was in the living room – adorable - but, I needed to keep it out of the photos. Did I mention it was in an odd place? Right next to the sofa in the middle of the room? Determined to get these sellers fabulous photos, my assistant and I attempted to move the tree to the empty corner of the room. Upon further review, we discovered the tree was tethered with rope to the sofa legs. This was new to me! Shortly, we realized why. After releasing the tether, the tree promptly took a nose dive. My poor assistant (who has since "retired") was trapped – with the tree on her back. Much excitement later (and a dozen or so wooden train tracks used as wedges – don't judge, that's all we could find), the tree was proudly situated in the corner away from the camera's eye.
This, Dear Reader, was a Christmas Miracle. Nothing less.
So, if you or someone you love are considering selling during the winter holidays, or really any holiday, please consider keeping your seasonal items packed away so they'll be ready to move!