Updated: Sep 5, 2018
Trying to sell your home this fall? These five seasonal staging ideas will make your home feel warm, cozy and inviting for potential buyers. You can also do these to give a nice, seasonal refresh on your own home even if you’re not selling.
1. Paint Your Walls a Warm, Inviting Color
A fresh coat of paint is a cost effective way to revive the interior of your home. Select rich shades of caramel or cream, which provide a warm yet neutral backdrop. Add in pops of color with accessories and decor in deep reds and oranges. We suggest not going overboard with colors or under-estimating the impact of simply repainting the same color for a fresh appearance.
2. Brighten Up Your Space
Days become shorter during the fall season, so you should let in as much natural light as possible by opening your blinds and placing plenty of lamps throughout your home. While most showings occur during the day, having lamps or lights to accent specific areas/uses, such as a reading nook, is impactful.
3. Create a Cozy, Comfortable Atmosphere
As the weather cools down a warm atmosphere will encourage potential home-buyers to stick around longer during showings. Add throw pillows and blankets to your sofas and chairs and highlight fireplaces by making them the focal point of the room and adorning the mantle. We always recommend people to take a seat when viewing homes. Creating an inviting atmosphere allows them to picture themselves at home.
4. Utilize Seasonal Scents
Nothing says fall like the smell of freshly baked apple pie. Before a showing or open house, burn a cinnamon-scented candle or simmer a pot of apple cider on the stove with a stick of cinnamon thrown in. Thesis also great to offer to your guests as they peruse your home! However, we recommend caution on any liberal burning of candles or scent spraying – too much can give the impression you’re covering up a smell or just simply be overwhelming.
5. Don’t Forget About Curb Appeal
No matter how beautiful and inviting your home’s interior, buyers are first and lastly met with the exterior appearance. Spruce up your lawn by raking up leaves and patching up brown spots in the grass. Be sure to clean your gutters and pressure wash your siding to keep your home’s exterior looking its best. Some simple seasonal decor (think wreaths, colorful leaves, pumpkins, etc.) is a nice touch, but be sure not to over-do it! If you’re in a condo, a simple wreathe on the door can be sufficient.
Thinking about listing your home, but not sure what changes could be made to increase the value? Email me for a free, no obligation consultation today. I’d be happy to help.