Winter Home Staging Tricks to Attract Buyers in the Slow Season
Consider the curb appeal
Landscaping is nice, but not in everyone’s budget. At minimum, lawns should be freshly mowed, leaves raked, or snow shoveled.
Consider a hanging or potted plant for the entrance.
Sweep the porch, deck, and all the walk ways. Remember to keep all the garbage and recycling neatly tucked away, and not visible from the front of the house.
Scrub your front door, porch, outside railings and steps. The entrance should be CLEAN. If the outside paint needs a touch-up. Do IT! See OUTDOOR Staging below.
Get rid of clutter!
Look at every item you own with a very critical eye and ask yourself why you’re keeping it. Start clearing away as much as possible. All that is left should be stored in attractive, sharp ways or displayed with class and style.
Find a fix-it person
Have your fix-it person, plus a couple of new friends, walk through the house and give you honest feedback on the fixes, look of the furniture, flooring, color palette, cleanliness, and general look of the house…Inside and out!
Clean, clean and clean again
In this moment it’s best to hire a professional company to come in and do the deep clean and then just maintain it. Yes, everything needs to sparkle right now. Absolutely sparkle.
Let in some air
Yes, before show time open some windows for at least 10 minutes. There is nothing worse than walking into a stuffy house or one that smells of smoke, perfume, sprays, and pet odors.
Let in some light
If you’re trying to sell your home, keep it bright! Dimly lit rooms tend to look small and dingy— especially during the day. If there are any trees blocking light from the windows, trim them back to allow the light in. Some homes lack good natural light, so in those cases, introduce some nice artificial lighting to the spaces that need it. You can also paint the walls in a lighter color and use light fabrics on the window treatments. Light helps a space feel much larger and more open, two big selling features to all home buyers
Don’t forget fresh flowers
You don’t need to spend a fortune to have fresh flowers throughout your home. Even a daisy in a bud vase brightens a bathroom counter.
You can also use potted flowering plants that are in season as a low-cost solution.
Don’t use plastic or obviously fake flowers, especially in an expensive home!
Carefully Consider Music
Soft background music can help create a soothing environment and camouflage neighbor and traffic noise. But make sure the volume is very low.
PS – TVs are definitely a no-no.
Set the table
Another easy staging tip is to set the dining room table, breakfast table, and kitchen island (if it has bar stools) with plates, placemats, and stemware, and include a simple centerpiece on the first two. This small touch will ignite a buyer’s imagination. It makes the home feel warmer and more inviting, which will appeal to a home buyer’s emotions and help nudge them toward making a handsome offer.
Mirrors not only make a space look larger, but they also reflect light to make it brighter and more open. They are especially helpful in entryways, which are often small and/or lacking in sufficient lighting. You can also use them in hallways, over a fireplace or even over a bed.
Area rugs do wonders for defining a space and making it feel cozier. They are also great for covering up stains or damages on your flooring. Or, if you have colorful carpet you can’t afford to replace, neutral area rugs can help tone down the color.
Every hotel has crisp, white towels, so people unconsciously equate them with luxury and relaxation. Put away your personal towels and place the new, white ones on the towel rack and folded over the tub during showings.
Throw blankets & pillows
Let all who come through the home get a sense that the home is the beautiful and perfect spot to cozy up in and watch the snow and rain through the windows.
Do put this as top priority and make sure to mention this in your Viewer’s “Welcome List.”
Light a fire
Make sure to keep the fireplace clean and have a blazing fire aglow when you’re showing the home.
Make sure to have candles lit throughout the home but make sure that they emit a no fragrance and different viewers have difference smell preferences and one persons love of the smell of pine may be anothers’ persons repulsion and encouragement to exit quickly.
Do decorate for each holiday
Yes, even after Christmas there’s New Years, Valentine’s Day, Easter, and Shamrock times.
Make sure to have an entry rug and quickly freshen entry floors before each showing. Of course, you can also have a shoe cover basket available to all and make coming through the front door worth it!
The bed is the focal point of any bedroom, especially in the master, so it’s important that it helps the space capture a feeling of relaxation. You want it to look like a personal retreat buyers will be itching to unwind in. An easy way to do this is to switch out to your bedding to something fresh and new. Stick with white or neutrals and bring in some color through a few accent pillows. If your dog or cat lays on the bed, an alternative option is a coverlet. At night, use your regular comforter, but then switch it out during showings to the “show ready” option.
Create a WELCOME LIST
Create a sharply designed WELCOME LIST that allows each viewer to learn in bullet points:
- Overview of the home’s history.
- Benefits of living in the neighborhood.
- What plant, shrub, and tree varieties are growing on the property.
- Latest home repairs and upgrades.
- Up and coming repairs.
- Info about the surrounding neighbors.
Show how outdoor rooms can be used even in the coldest months
If you have a covered porch or outdoor fireplace, be sure to keep the area fully furnished. Turn on outdoor lights, build a fire in the fireplace and drape a few thick throws over your outdoor furniture.
Touch up the mulch
Plant a splash of color
Let’s add some sound
Fountains, bird feeders, and outdoor speakers are always a nice touch!
Shape unsightly or overgrown trees and shrubs
Tend to perennial beds
Clean up water features
Take care of any irrigation issues
Repair faucet leaks
Consider labeling as many plants as possible
Power-wash dirty surfaces
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Images by Java Fern
This year we’re doing our Last Thursday’s a little differently, we’re not doing it anymore! Instead, we will be hosting quarterly receptions this year to showcase our beautiful artwork on the Dwell walls and the artists. Please join us and our Dwell friends in February with a glass of wine with amazing people and art. We hope to see you next month! Come join us at: