Home staging, the art of decorating a home to sell, can be used to great effect during the fall season. If you are home-owner looking to sell your home follow these 8 tips to create a warm, welcoming space that will have potential buyers falling in love with your place.
1. Don’t Overdo
Many of us go absolutely crazy over autumn décor. Pumpkins, gourds, fall leaves, and all the bounty of the garden just looks so good on our porches, in our entryways, and all over our kitchen counters. But all that “bounty” love can be too much for potential buyers. They don’t just want to see a magazine worthy decorating job, they want to see the lines of the house and picture themselves in the space. Too much stuff can make buyers think you’re hiding a problem. Keep your décor to simple items: a bowl of mini-pumpkins, a vase of fall foliage, a trio of pumpkins on the porch. Small and tasteful will go a long way.
2. Warmth on the Walls
Giving your walls a fresh coat of paint is always a good idea when you’re selling your home. For a fall sale go for a warm color on the walls. A warm cream or caramel tan are popular colors that go well with most existing color schemes.
3. Let There Be Light
With short days and less light it’s important to ensure adequate lighting in your home. Add accent lighting around your rooms and be sure that all of your light fixtures have fresh bulbs. Also, make the most of natural light by opening your blinds and drapes to let the sunlight in.
4. Touches of Comfort
Smart staging creates spaces that make a potential buyer think of all the ways they’ll utilize the space. During fall months you can emphasize how comfortable your home is. Add throw pillows in colors that draw the eye and add to the overall feel of the room. Drape a plush afghan over the arm of a chair or sofa for both color and texture.
5. Appeal to the Sense of Smell
Scent has a huge impact upon mood. To create a mood of comfort and welcome try scenting your home with the fragrances of fall. A spiced pumpkin wax melt or a baked apple pie candle are always welcome scents. A mandarin cranberry blend has become a popular scent as well, hitting a lovely balance between warm and clean scents.
6. Keep the Home Fires Burning
If you have a fireplace, gas or traditional, be sure to emphasize it during the fall and winter season. A gas fireplace can be lit before a potential buyer comes for a viewing, but avoid leaving a wood fire unattended. Opt for a grouping of candles on stands of varying heights to add interest to the fireplace and show off its potential.
7. Add Luxury Details
You don’t need to break the bank on this suggestion, but items that appear luxurious can direct the mood of potential buyers. An expensive soap in the bathroom, silk embroidered pillows on the bed, a cut crystal vase on the kitchen counter. Touches of luxury lead the buyer to feel that they are “buying up” with your house.
8. Lovely Landscape
As beautiful falling leaves are, potential buyers aren’t going to want to see them all over your lawn. Keep leaves raked up, correct brown spots in your lawn, and add a punch of color with mums and other potted plants. And don’t forget the pumpkin!