Monday, November 18, 2013

Tips for Winter Home Staging - Interior and Exterior | HUNT Real Estate ERA

The days are shorter, the air is crisp, and winter is just around the corner.  Selling your home during this bright and blustery season is not as hard as you think!  There are numerous ways to turn your home into a ‘Winter Wonderland’; one that all prospective buyers will find cozy and comfortable.

Effective home staging is important year round, but winter home staging requires a few extra steps to ensure your home is warm and inviting.  Prospective buyers often times drive by the home, therefore maintaining the exterior of your home during the winter is important. Your first task is make sure all walkways, including the driveway and sidewalks, are free of snow and ice.  Keep salt in the garage for icier days, and be sure to maintain the walkways daily.

Night falls earlier in the winter, thus you must make sure your home’s exterior is properly lit.  Place candles in the windows, set a timer for the outdoor lights, and string up a set of white lights along the porch.   Strategically prop a wooden sled against a tree, hang a few lanterns from bare branches, and greet guests at the door with a beautiful winter wreath.   These small touches will help your home stand out, and remember, sometimes less is more!

Light is also a major player in the interior staging.  Take advantage of the daylight hours and try to schedule appointments to show the home during this time.  Wash your windows and make clever use of mirrors, they will help reflect light around the room.  Place LED light candles in darker areas of the home and dress up the candle with a bit of holiday decoration.

When deciding on interior holiday d├ęcor for staging your home, try to keep the holiday decorations neutral; you want your home to be appealing to everyone who walks through the door.   Use nice rich colors for throw pillows and blankets, or set the table with fine china to add a nice holiday touch.  Great neutral holiday decorations and accessories include pinecones, stars, branches, lights, and holly.  Strive to bring out the natural elements of the winter season.  And be sure not to overdo it.

The stage is set and the show is about to start.  Take this time to add small touches to the interior.  If you have a fireplace utilize it, a roaring fire will show prospective buyers some of the added value to your home.  Aromas are a nice way to add to the atmosphere of any home.  Who doesn’t love the smell of homemade chocolate chip cookies?  Pair the cookies with freshly brewed coffee or piping-hot cocoa to make your visitor feel more at ease.  Keep it the aromas minimal and stay away from air fresheners; it may leave some guests thinking you’re trying to cover something up.

Now that your home is market ready, remember there’s nothing to fear about the real estate market during the winter months, especially when you leave your home in the hands of one of the area’s most successful real estate company. Winter, spring, summer or fall, HUNT Real Estate ERA will find the right buyers for your home during any season! Visit us on Pinterest for more winter staging ideas!