Staging Your Home for Fall and Winter Months
When you make the decision to list your home on the market, you want to ensure that your home is in tip-top shape before buyers come to see it. And while you may feel your home is already in perfect condition, there’s always a few small steps you can make to help with a fast sale.
To put it simply, staging your home is important. It presents your home in a way that makes it more visually appealing to buyers, and allows them to envision themselves as the newest homeowners. However, the way you should stage your home changes the same way the seasons do. Below are 4 ways to stage your home as the fall and winter months move in.
1. Turn Up the Heat!
A small step that is often overlooked, you want your home to be at a comfortable temperature when buyers come to view it. Think about it, if you walk into a home that is freezing cold, are you going to take your time checking the entire place out? Of course not! By putting your thermometer to a neutral temperature (we recommend between 67-69 degrees Fahrenheit), your buyers will feel comfortable, and allow themselves the time to check out your home in its entirety.
2. Curb Appeal
While you won’t have green grass and flowers blossoming in your favor, there are still plent of things to do to make your curb appeal stand out. In the fall, make sure the leaves are swept away and unsightly branches are moved. In the winter, ensure that your driveway and walkways are free of snow, so buyers can get to your home with ease.
To spruce things up, add a wreath and doormat for small pops of color, while plants such as evergreens, which can survive even the coldest of temperatures, create a welcoming essence.
Light it Up!
With daylight savings having taken place recently, chances are - it’s getting dark early. However, we don’t want to diminish the star of the show in the darker hours, and yes, we mean your home! Before buyers arrive, make sure your home is well-lit. This means cleaning your light fixtures, switching to brighter light bulbs, and adding lamps or additional lighting where necessary. If showings and open houses are taking place earlier on in the day, be sure top open your blinds to allow natural light in. Nothing says “welcome home” like buyers looking out the window to a winter wonderland!
‘Tis the Season
No matter the season, be sure to dedicate yourself and play the part! In the fall, adding small touches such as candles, corn stock and pumpkins is a great way to spruce up the interior and exterior of your home.
In the winter months, turn your home into a cozy oasis! Adding pillows, throws, carpets, and centerpieces are all great ways to highlight your favorite features. Let the season inspire your decorating, and add small touches throughout to make your home more inviting. And don’t forget to turn the lights to your Christmas tree on!
Another insider tip we have? Bake some cookies or another yummy treat before buyers arrive. Even if you don’t leave them out for buyers to snack on, the enchanting smell is sure to catch their attention.
Remember, staging your home can not only increase your overall home value, but increase the likelihood of a quicker sale. By creating a comfortable, cozy, and colorful atmosphere, you are allowing buyers to envision themselves in the home, and help them determine how they can make that space their own.
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