Having your home on the market in autumn can be a great thing. For one thing, there's less competition. It also puts you in the unique position to market your home as the perfect place to bunker down when it’s cold outside. Utilize these staging tips for fall, and you’ll be closing before the holidays.
1. Brighten Up
Days are getting shorter and nights are getting longer, and trust us, this is a good thing for sellers. Not only do well-lit rooms look larger, but they also look more inviting. Before a showing, make sure to turn on all your lights, especially ones you can see from the street. Buyers will feel that glowing welcome as soon as they drive up.
2. Light Your Buyer’s Fire (with Fire)
Close your eyes and envision yourself in a warm, snug room. Do you see yourself relaxing in front of a bright fire? So do lots of buyers. Few things say “welcome home” like a crackling fire in the fireplace and some well-placed candles, so take advantage of the season and help buyers see themselves at home during your open house.
3. Use Seasonal Scents
A general rule when showing a home is to stick to unscented candles, since you never want to alienate a potential buyer who has an aversion to a certain scent. However, if you're showing your home in the fall, you may want to break that rule and light a few autumnal scented candles in the same scent. Because smell is so intricately tied to emotion, harnessing the aroma of fall will evoke memories of apple picking, pumpkin carving, leaf raking and other family-friendly activities. We especially like candles like Treehouse Memories, Autumn Leaves and Harvest Welcome from Yankee Candle Company.
4. Get Cozy
Think about upping the coziness factor of your home with additional throw pillows and soft, nubby blankets. Anything that will encourage a buyer to feel relaxed and at home, ready to curl up with a good book and a comfy chair will help you to move your home faster.
5. Make Your Curb Appealing
The approach of fall heralds crisp breezes and brightly colored leaves. Embrace the natural hues of the season by adding fall-hued foliage and flowers to your outdoor landscape — mums, goldenrods, Aster, smoke bush, Heleniums, burning bush, Virginia Sweetspire, witch-hazels and Viburnum are all plants that thrive in colder temperatures and produce gorgeous, seasonal color.
6. A Little Goes a Long Way
As with any seasonal decor, it’s important to make sure you don't overdo your decorating efforts.
Good: a fall-hued wreath on the front door and a few cheeky-looking pumpkins.
Bad: a pumpkin-patch themed front yard, including hay bales and a scarecrow.
Good: bringing seasonal color inside via candles, pillows and fall foliage.
Bad: a home cluttered with Halloween knick knacks and an excess of fall accessories.
Remember that when it comes to decorating your home for a showing or open house, it’s always better to keep it sweet and simple.
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