Almost every fall, the real estate market dips a bit—even here in Philly where inventory is tight. With a slight chill in the home-selling air, I want to share some fall home staging tips to give your house a sweet edge over others in your neighborhood.
1. Start at the curb—Keep the leaves raked, the grass mowed and the walkways swept and tidy. Keep fall yard décor tasteful and simple; use pumpkins but don’t carve them (they last longer), and consider a simple, fall-hued wreath on the front door instead of a spooky Halloween graveyard scene. Consider adding some red, yellow and orange potted cool-weather flowers like mums and asters. Pressure washing the front of the house before it gets too cold is also a good idea.
2. Let there be light—With fewer hours of sunlight in the day, keep lights burning bright to welcome potential buyers. Use simple solar lights to line the walkways for evening viewing and lightly scented candles in the entry, bathrooms and other strategic locations. If you have a fireplace, light up a fire!
3. Dial up the cozy—Tastefully drape furniture with soft, nubby, earth-toned throw blankets and buff up the pillow count just a tad. Toasty fall color touches and textures warm up chilly home hunters, telling them your home is a place where they can curl up and relax.
4. Keep indoor fall décor simple—A proliferation of Halloween nick-knacks is a turn off, but simple fall flower and foliage arrangements and fall-scented candles are very welcoming and allow potential homebuyers to see the possibilities of your home, rather than your enthusiasm over cute witch and wizard-themed decorations.
5. Dollars and scents—The olfactory nerves are a powerful impression maker; bake some cookies or a pumpkin pie; or maybe heat up some mulled apple cider on the stove just before you expect home viewers. And while I’ve mentioned scented candles as a great option for the entry and bathrooms, make sure not to go overboard with the scents. Intersperse a few simple, unscented columns to keep it real.
If you’re struggling to find the right fall staging balance in your home, give me a call and I can give you some ideas that are tailored to accentuate the great parts while minimizing any difficult spots. And happy autumn!