Autumn can be the perfect time to sell your home. As the weather gets cooler, and summer activities begin to wind down thoughts turn to inside spaces. How can you stage your home now to appeal to buyers as the perfect place to bunker down when it’s cold outside?
1. Brighten Up
Days are getting shorter and nights are getting longer, and 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 a Fire
Few things say “welcome home” as well as a crackling fire in the fireplace or some well-placed candles. 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 an autumnal scented candle. 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.
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.
5. As Always: Curb Appeal
Embrace the natural colors of the season by adding fall-hued foliage and flowers to your outdoor landscape — mums, goldenrods, aster, smoke bush, Heleniums, and burning bush, are all plants that thrive in colder temperatures and produce gorgeous, seasonal color. Don’t forget to freshen up your tired-looking summer flowerpots, too!
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. A fall wreath on the front door and a few pumpkins add tasteful fall flavor. A Halloween-themed front yard with hay bales, cobwebs and scary lawn ornaments? Not a good idea if you are staging your house for sale. The same holds true for inside your home. Bringing the season in with fall fruits and fresh flowers is a better idea than a home cluttered with Halloween or Thanksgiving knick-knacks and an excess of fall accessories.
Remember that when it comes to decorating your home – inside or out – for a showing or open house, it’s always better to keep it sweet and simple.
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