Fall is the Perfect Time to Stage And Sell Your Home.
Fall is associated with transitions and change-the changing leaves, the farewell of summer. But nature isn’t the only thing that changes in the fall: it’s also the start of the busy season for the property market.
Fall is the busiest season for buyers looking to purchase a new home, which means if you’re looking to sell, fall is the perfect time to get your home on the market. Yet it’s not enough in today’s property market to simply list your home–you need to know how to stage it properly, too.
Let’s take a closer look at how you can properly stage and sell your home this Fall.
Many homeowners are unfamiliar with the true purpose of staging. Staging your home isn’t simply making it presentable for photographs that will be placed in online listings. Staging your home refers to specifically decorating your home with the intent to sell in mind–your home is effectively a theatrical stage, with props and other carefully thought out details.
To stage your home, you might remove almost all of your personal effects to create an uncluttered, neutral look; you might buy new curtains to spruce up an area, or bring in plants; and so on.
Staging your home is designed to appeal to people searching for new homes on the property market, so it is often tailored towards certain demographics and lifestyle preferences. For example, if you are staging a home with the intent to market it towards upscale young couples or individuals without children, your staging should reflect a trendy, young adult lifestyle.
Essential Staging Tips
Staging can be overwhelming, but thankfully there are some tried and true staging methods that will greatly improve your home’s appeal; and most important, they will help your home stand out to buyers during this incredibly busy property market season.
Tip: Let in as much natural light as possible
Natural lighting makes your home’s interior look bigger, cleaner and more appealing. If you have curtains, open them and pin them back for the staging process. Natural lighting is also essential for videos or photographs, since it will help to create clear, inviting photographs.
Tip: Spruce up staged areas with houseplants
A touch of green is essential for any home staging. Adding nice houseplants can greatly improve your home’s market appeal, especially if you take the time to pick out aesthetically pleasing plants with vibrant colors.
Tip: Keep your staging style neutral with small personal touches to stand out
The most effective staging style, regardless of your targeted demographic, is going to be relatively neutral. Soft, neutral colors with sparse furniture and decorations allow potential home buyers to envision what their dream home will look like once it’s decorated; too many personal items or pieces in the home will destroy that “fantasy” potential.
However, don’t strip away every bit of your home’s personality for staging: keep a few small personal touches, such as an elegant mirror or embroidered sofa pillows, to help your home stand out.