What’s so great about staging when you want to sell your home? Some folks say “I don’t want to live in an almost empty house.” Or “I love my decorations & family pictures being out.” But expert stagers and home buyers agree, they want to see how much space there is and the architectural details of the home. Buyers are searching online, so be sure to have your home professionally staged and photographed for the quickest sale and for the highest price.
Few things deter buyers more than a cluttered home. They need to see your home, not your stuff. Excessive personal items like photos, collections, trophies, electronics, etc; will make it difficult for buyers to see past your personal style and may deter a sale. Taking yourself out of the picture makes it easier for buyers to imagine themselves and their stuff in your space.
LESS IS MORE:
While too many fall decorations will take focus off of your home and it’s best features, a few tasteful accents can create an inviting setting and make your home feel fresh. Try displaying vases of fall foliage or bowls of seasonal fruit throughout your home.
WARM UP YOUR WALLS:
No matter what time of year you decide to sell, a fresh coat of paint is a great way to revive your home’s interior. For the fall season try painting your walls a rich shade of caramel or cream that’s neutral yet warm and inviting. Add pops of color with accessories in deep reds and oranges.
LET THE LIGHT IN:
The days get shorter during the fall season, so adequate lighting is essential if you want to highlight your home’s best features. Let in as much natural light as possible by opening your blinds, and place plenty of lamps throughout your home for additional illumination.
As the weather cools down, a warm and cozy atmosphere will encourage potential home buyers to stick around during showings, giving them more time to admire your home. Accentuate your sofas and chairs with throw pillows and plush throws.
USE SEASONAL SCENTS:
Nothing says fall like the pleasing aroma of apples and cinnamon. Before showing your home, burn a cinnamon scented candle or simmer a pot of apple cider on the stove with a stick of cinnamon thrown in. If you opt for cider, leave it in a thermos with cups for buyers to enjoy.
PLAY UP THE FIREPLACE:
A cozy fireplace is a fantastic feature to highlight during the chilly fall months. Arrange your furniture to make the fireplace the focal point of the room, or draw attention to the mantel with tasteful artwork or accessories.
ADD A TOUCH OF LUXURY:
Layering your bed with sumptuous, silky fabrics will further enhance your home’s comfort- and these luxurious details don’t have to break the bank. Discount stores offer plenty of inexpensive bedding options that look high-end. You can also display plush towels in the bathroom or drape a silky tablecloth over your dining room table.
DON’T FORGET CURB APPEAL:
No matter how beautiful and inviting your home’s interior, buyers won’t make it inside if the exterior isn’t in good shape. During the fall season, spruce up your lawn by raking leaves and patching up brown spots in the grass. Take care of fall- specific maintenance projects, such as cleaning your gutters and downspouts, and pressure wash your patios and walkways. Weed the garden, add mulch, mow the lawn and add plants and fall flowers for color.MAKE IT SPARKLE:
Pretend that your mother-in-law is coming for a visit. Think hotel clean. Dust, vacuum, clean baseboards, mop, wash windows- even wash pets and their beds. Remember that people will look in your cabinets and kitchen drawers, pantry, as well as under your sinks and closets. Also pay particular attention to odors. Have a friend come by for a smell test.
When all the decluttering, de-personalizing and deep cleaning are done you will have half of your home packed up ready for your new dream home!