ARE YOU HESITANT TO LIST YOUR HOME THIS FALL FOR FEAR IT WON’T RESULT IN A QUICK SALE?
In truth, fall is a great time to let a well-staged home shine! Compared to summer, fewer homes are on the market in fall and the beautiful fall colors provide an ideal backdrop to showcase your home. Fall can also bring the added benefit of a quick closing as buyers typically want to move in before our Minnesota winter sets in.
Believe it or not, the decisions surrounding how to stage a home for a quick sale depend on the season as each brings unique opportunities and challenges to presenting your home in the best possible light. Here are some easy and effective staging tips for selling your home in the fall.
LIGHTING IS EVERYTHING
Lighting a home properly, especially in fall when days are shorter, is key to effective home staging. This includes turning on all of the lights, even the stove light, and especially under-cabinet lighting. Make sure all of your drapes are pulled back, blinds are open, and the TV is off. A good lighting strategy includes highlighting the best parts of your home and as well as detracting from any negative parts.
GET FIRED UP
Nothing invites you to come inside more than a warm fireplace on a cool day! Fall is the perfect season for highlighting your fireplace to prospective buyers. In fact, research shows having a fireplace can increase the resale value of your home by 6-12%! Fireplaces add a warm and inviting aesthetic to any room so fire them up during your open house. Be sure to check the functionality and safety of your fireplace before listing your home and consider accentuating it by adding a pretty container with some birch logs.
Make sure your windows sparkle from the inside out. Updated, neutral window treatments hung as close to the ceiling as possible will let the most light in and make your rooms appear larger. Throughout the summer, wind and rain can wreak havoc on your windows. Clean them inside and out while making sure the screens have been sprayed down and any tears are repaired.
Fall colors are beautiful but having them scattered over your lawn is not. Keep your yard free of leaves and trim your trees, lawn, and flower beds. A well-manicured yard can showcase the beauty of your home and make the most of the beautiful fall scenery.
UP THE COZINESS FACTOR
Fall’s cool temperatures, pumpkins spice, and sweater weather are all about coziness. Create the ‘fall feel’ within your home by using color and texture to create a warm and welcoming experience for potential buyers. We recommend adding accent pillows, throws, area rugs, and seasonal scents. When thinking about decorating for the holidays, don’t go crazy. Follow the holiday spirit by keeping your decorations to a tasteful minimum while avoiding distracting decorations or religious-themed decor.
YOUR MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL HOME STAGING AND DESIGN EXPERT
We hope this information helps as you prepare your home for sale. However, if further help is what you need, contact Spaces Reinvented. Based in the Twin Cities, Spaces Reinvented offers exceptional home staging and design services. Simply put, we love transforming spaces from ordinary to extraordinary!