The days are getting shorter, and so is the time left in the 2019 selling season. Buyers who want to be in their new place by the holidays know they need to be approved for their offer by next week. And with Thanksgiving right around the corner, many of the remaining home buyers are refocusing their attention on spending time with family and friends.
However, that doesn’t mean all is lost for your listing. We’re here to make sure your home stays at the top of every buyer’s search list. Here are four staging tips that will help you make the most of selling your home during the fall season.
Staging Tip #1: Let There Be Light
Autumn days mean fewer hours of daylight. That means it’s more important than usual to brighten your home. Well-lit rooms look larger, and they also look more inviting. Whenever possible, open all of your blinds and curtains, and let in as much natural light as possible. Take a few minutes to make sure you have bright, warm light bulbs in all of your lamps and fixtures. And before a showing, make sure to turn on all the lights, especially ones you can see from the street.
Staging Tip #2: Focus on the Fireplace
Few things say “welcome home” like a crackling fire in the fireplace. It only takes a few minutes to make every buyer feel welcome in your home. Position your furniture so that the fireplace and mantel are the focal point of the room. (Don’t have a fireplace? Fall candles in different heights and shapes can create a similar sense of coziness.) Add a few well chosen seasonal home accents, and you have everything it takes to conjure up positive “home” feelings for buyers during this time of the year.
Staging Tip #3: With Seasonal Decorating, Less is More
We love getting into the spirit of Halloween and the holidays! However, too many seasonal decorations take the focus off all your home has to offer. This year, go light on the inflatable lawn decorations and 48-piece train set that winds around the foyer. Instead, a few well chosen seasonal accents can make your home feel fresh and current. Take cues from nature: vases of fall foliage, red berries, twigs, and fresh fruit are all the accents needed to really spruce up your home for guests.
Staging Tip #4: Say it, Don’t Spray it
You never want to give a potential buyer a reason to eliminate your home. That’s why home staging pros recommend you avoid strong scented candles, diffusers, and sprays. After all, one person’s intense love of apple cinnamon is another person’s excuse to turn and run! Smell is intricately tied to emotion, so it’s always better to focus on light, natural scents as opposed to overwhelming chemical smells. If you must, a few lightly scented seasonal candles—even unlit—should be more than enough to evoke memories of family-friendly fall activities, like raking leaves and baking.
All real estate is local. In order to make confident real estate decisions, we believe it is important for you to have timely and neighborhood-specific information. If you would like more fall staging tips for selling your home this season, our experts at Beverly-Hanks are here to help. Contact us today to speak with a Beverly-Hanks real estate agent about selling your home in Western North Carolina.