Staging can be a major step in marketing your home. Staging leads to amazing listing photos (important in today’s virtual world), which is usually the first step of attracting a buyer to view a potential home. While that potential buyer is scrolling through thousands of listings online, you want yours to stand out from the crowd.
Not only that but staging your home can save you money and maybe even make you money. A survey from the National Association of REALTORS® revealed that 77% of buyers’ agents said staging makes it easier for their buyer to visualize the property as their future home. 39% of sellers’ agents said staging a home greatly decreases the amount of time a house is on the market and 21% of sellers’ agents said staging a home increases dollar value between 6% and 10%.
There is no guarantee that staging will get you a higher offer or sell your home faster, but it won’t hurt and definitely can make the home presentable in today’s virtual listing world. It can be an incredible marketing tool when done right, some tips to stage your home for the fall because expert stagers know how to tap into the mood of the season and bring out the best in your home.
Selling starts at the curb
The moment a potential buyer drives up to the home, you want them to say, “Wow.” This is curb appeal. Start with the landscaping, clean up debris, prune trees and shrubs in preparation for change of the season. Take care of the home maintenance to give buyers the impression that your home is well taken care of. Clean hardscape and windows. If early fall, plant a few seasonal flowers like Mums or Pansies to give the front lawn some color. If you have a covered porch area, add a bench or small patio furniture. Dress it with a cozy throw blanket on the chair and a book or coffee cup on the table. Create a scene for the buyer to easily imagine themself relaxing on the porch on a cool fall day.
Let there be light
The days are shorter in the fall so ensure there is an ample amount of artificial light to supplement the shorten day . During the middle of the day, open up all the blinds and pull back the curtains to ensure you take advantage of all the natural light you can get. If the home is being shown at sunset or later after work, turn on the lights to ensure the buyer isn’t stumbling looking for a light switch or walking in the dark.
Tap into the mood of fall
When people think about Autumn, it typically involves a cozy, relaxing time with a warm drink and a good book. Tap into this feeling by creating cozy spaces around the home. Use a soft blanket on a chair or couch near some magazines or a book. Use furry throw pillows of complementary fall colors and set the thermostat to a comfortable temperature to encourage the buyer to feel relaxed. Add some simple fall decorations such as a bunch of dark twigs wrapped in twine set near the fireplace or a bowl of fall fruit on the kitchen counters. Set a vase of fall-colored flowers on the dining room table, the mantel, or the bathroom counters to make them more inviting.
No matter the season, keep the home decluttered and depersonalized. Create scenes of everyday life where they can insert themselves to really feel what it would be like to live in the home. Doing so will help in ensuring you get a top-dollar offer in the least amount of time.
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