The Christmas spirit can mean any number of things depending on whom you ask. To us (and any bonafide real estate fanatic) it’s all about the hidden potential that the season holds for our homes. You see, decorating during Christmas time is a common tradition, one that brings magic right into our very homes. Learning how to add that touch of Christmas magic to your living space will prove to accentuate all the hidden beauties of your home and even give your listing some extra life on the market! So whether you’re looking to sell or simply entertain, we’ve rounded up some of the best tips to make sure that your home is gleaming with joy just in time for the biggest holiday of the year!
Start by taking a long hard look at your home. This may sound a bit silly, since after all, you probably spend a large majority of time in your house. But examining your living space and determining the features to highlight is the first essential step to make sure that you’re on the right path to interior Christmas cheer! Make use of the offerings of your home and play it up to your advantage. Try cautiously using Christmas ornaments on your steps, using the interior colors to your advantage and even adding a blend of natural lighting originating from your windows, as well as from candles for dimly lit areas.
It’s important to make sure that the decorations you add, whether for staging or personal gratification, add an elegant twist to the room without coming off as overbearing. Try to focus on the feeling that the room conveys to the average eye. More importantly, focus primarily on the core of your home, which can represent a number of different rooms depending on your living space. Focusing on the focal point of your home when it comes to your Christmas redesign will prove to save both time and money on your efforts.
Even if you have the saying “less is more” permanently engrained in your memory, skipping out on winter accentuating decorations altogether may put you at a slight disadvantage to others. Even a few subtle touches will help reimagine your living space. This includes the ratio of your Christmas tree to the room it’s placed in. While a tall tree helps draw the eye to higher ceilings, one that is wider and takes up more floor space could leave guests feeling claustrophobic.
In addition, make use of a natural color palette that doesn’t go overboard. Try mixing metallic with your colors for a nice seasonal touch. Above all else, make sure that your outdoor Christmas lighting doesn’t border on over the top. Try using holiday lights to your advantage to highlight the key features of your landscaping like neatly trimmed shrubs or the amazing silhouette of your home.
However, you plan on doing it, simply be sure to bring a touch of holiday cheer to your home with some added love. After all, the Christmas season is all about the magic of wintertime. Happy Holidays!
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If you haven’t started saving yet for Christmas, it might be a bit challenging. But it can definitely be done — you don’t need to rely on credit to have a good season. When you save a little each month all year, the Christmas season becomes something worth anticipating.
Create Your Lists and Check Them Twice
Before any dollar amounts are discussed, create a set of lists to outline your holiday priorities. What starts as a simple list of each holiday your family celebrates will eventually turn into a detailed list of the specific items you’ll need to buy for each meal and which gifts will be purchased for each person. Be thorough in yo ur list-making by including who you’ll give gifts to, any potential travel, hosting requirements, grocery lists, any necessary home improvements, décor, and miscellaneous expenses that will inevitably creep in such as postage and increased electric bills if you’ll be turning on any decorative lights. Also, don’t forget about year-end charitable giving donations as those will also impact your budget.
Count Your Pennies or better yet, track them. Remember that a budget is a fluid entity, so be diligent in your efforts to track where your money is going. Not only will you be able to identify potential overages before they happen, but you’ll also have this information as a reference point for setting next year’s budget. A bit of planning and organized action now will lead to less stressful, debt-free holidays in the future