A Few Quick Tips for Staging Your Home This Fall

If you are going to sell your home this winter, it’s extra important that your property is properly staged. I have a few tips to help you today.

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As we head into the fall and winter, it’s extra important that your home is perfectly staged for the market. 

First of all, work on your curb appeal. There is a lot of pent-up demand in our market. As soon as the “For Sale” sign goes up in the yard, buyers will come up to see the house. Consider getting new house numbers, adding a nice welcome mat, painting the door, painting the exterior of the house, or power washing the house. 

Next, what is the ambiance like inside the home? Any dark rooms need to be brightened up with extra lamps. Turn on lights during showings and add a soft scent like vanilla to your home. Just like one or two candles, though. If you have a whole bunch of candles, it may seem like you are trying to cover up a smell. 

Your home needs to feel warm and inviting.

Another thing you want to do is make sure that you can see the floors in order to show the groundwork. It’s fairly common for sellers to have a lot of furniture, and our goal is to open up the space. Rugs can make a space feel smaller, too, especially if you have a rug on top of a rug. We’ll take the rugs out of the room and take away some furniture to open up the room and make it brighter. 

You’ll also want to emphasize any architectural designs. You may have an odd space under the stairs that can be used as a reading nook, an artist’s retreat, or a storage space for toys. Show that space off. 

Finally, consider this scenario. If you are going out to look at a home this December, we all know that it’s going to be dark outside here in Colorado by 5 o’clock. So it’s dark and cold out, and you go to look at two houses by the same builder with the same floor plan on the same block. One house is vacant, dark, and cold. The other has been lit up, staged, and really feels like home. Which one would you pick? 

Obviously, you would be more inclined to purchase the staged home. A buyer would be willing to pay more money for the staged home than the one next to it, even though they are the exact same. 

That’s why it’s so important to make sure your home is properly staged when selling this time of year. 

If you have any other questions about selling your home or would like to learn more about our current market, just give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!