How to Stage Your Home in Vancouver During the Holidays

The holidays are all about giving (even when you’re hunting for an offer), so take the time to give your house a mini seasonal makeover for festive home viewings.

 

Light It Up

outdoor lights, holidays, christmasFirst, make sure all the year-round outdoor lights are functioning — winter days are shorter so having the walkway and front door lit up for evening viewings is a must in Vancouver. Second, when it comes to seasonal light displays, keep it simple. String white lights to highlight an architectural feature or a splendid fir tree in the front yard…and make sure the light-up reindeer display stays in the garage.

 

 

Festive Front Door

festive, front door, wreath, holidaysAny home stager worth their salt will tell you first impressions are most important — and since the front door is often the first thing a potential buyer in Vancouver will see, better make it count. Give that dull door a done-in-minutes holiday makeover by hanging a tasteful wreath or swag. Placing a seasonal arrangement in the entryway or on a hall table also makes it feel like they’re coming home for the holidays, rather than coming into your home for an open house.

 

 

Holiday Flare

holiday decorEven though year-round home staging is all about a less-is-more philosophy, when the holidays roll around ramping up your ornament game is a must. But don’t go totally overboard: a bowl of fragrant pinecones, some strategically placed sprigs of holly, or a bowl of shiny glass baubles should do the trick. Oh, and stay away from overtly religious displays as it might put off some people — remember it’s about them, not you.

 

 

Pretty Palette

couch, decorativeYour eclectic collection of Christmas tree ornaments may hold great sentimental value to you and your family, but they may clash horribly with your home décor and need to remain securely packed away. Think about your living room’s colour palette and find ornaments that fit within it. If the walls are white, maybe opt for a faux white tree, or if the room is decorated in darker tones, consider gold or green holiday accents.

 

 

Warm Up

fireplace, holidays, christmasStepping out of the biting cold and into a warm and cozy home is one of the few pleasures of wintertime. Enhance the corporeal experience of your potential buyers by making sure the thermostat is turned up a couple of extra degrees. If there is a fireplace, always have it lit, either when showing the house or when taking staged photos.

 

 

 

Seasonal Fragrance

apple cider, seasonal, fragranceThanks to human physiology, the quickest way to access memories is through the sensation of smell — so make sure your potential buyers are getting good ones the moment they walk through the door. Simmering apple cider or baking a batch of ginger cookies are good standbys, but take it a step further and sparingly spritz a winter-scented home fragrance throughout and breathe deeply.

 

 

Now, enjoy creating this seasonal (and sellable) sanctuary in your home in Vancouver and happy holidays!

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The airline tickets are booked, bags are packed and your family is finally about to head out on a much-anticipated vacation, but that doesn’t mean you can forget about home sweet home just yet. Take a bit of time to follow these tips to deter a potential break-in and avoid home heartbreak.

 

Why Moving in Vancouver during Winter is Actually Awesome

It might seem counter-intuitive, but moving in Vancouver during the winter—from house-hunting to getting all your worldly belongings from point A to point B—can actually be easier, cheaper and more convenient than any other time of the year. Here’s why it pays to move during the colder months.

 

5 Halloween Home Safety Tips in Vancouver

The time of year has arrived where face paint flies off the shelves and spooky DIY projects are well underway. From ghosts, goblins and witches to the latest pop-culture heroes and villains, this is the time of year where creativity hits an all time high as people far and wide celebrate the spookiest season of all, Halloween! While collecting candy and trying to get a scare out of your friends and family is all fun and games, worrying about the safety of your home and guests isn’t. See below for some Halloween home safety tips in Vancouver that will help you ensure the only thing scarier than your costume is the thought of your expanding waistline after consuming endless amounts of sugary treats!

 

Make a Clear Path for Guests

Large fall wreath on a doorWith costumes that include fancy wigs, complicated masks and endless accessories, eliminating obstacles is the main safety tip you need to keep in mind. Whether it’s clearing the walkway or eliminating debris from your lawn, a clear path to your front door will help you avoid any potential accidents and is one of our top Halloween home safety tips in Vancouver.

 

 

Avoid Accidents with Lighting

light1With the shorter days upon us, your guests will not be showing up until long after the sun goes down. Help them stay on course by lighting up the path to your door. Whether a couple pumpkins or some strategically placed string lights, a well-lit entryway will not only make it easier to choose your favorite costume, it will help keep everyone safe.

 

LED Candle vs. Real Candle

halloween-sceneWe just told you to ensure the pathway to your door is well lit, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a candle! LED tea lights are a great option for your outdoor décor that will look just as spooky as a candle, but will take away the fear of lighting a pumpkin on fire! These are also a good option for your indoor décor since you may not have the opportunity to keep a close watch on a candle burning inside your home throughout the night.

 

Keep Furry Friends Safe

Fall Dog PortraitHalloween is an exciting time, and our Halloween home safety tips in Vancouver aren’t only for you, but also your pets! To avoid them escaping, getting into the candy, or getting scared of your visitors, keeping them locked away in a safe room for the evening is advisable. Since they don’t get to enjoy all the fun, leaving them a Halloween treat will keep them happy until the activity has subsided.

 

Be a Smarty with the “Smarties”

candy1If you are unable to come to the door when Trick-or-Treater’s arrive, or you will not be home to handout treats, leaving a bowl full of treats is not a good idea. Not only will it encourage people to come to your door when you aren’t there, it increases the risk of someone trying to tamper with the treats you have left out. A quick sign at the bottom of your driveway may be a good option and don’t forget to remind them you will see them next year!