Staging a Home in Winter
This is just a few thoughts about staging a home as the cold weather overcomes us. You can make the home welcoming from the outside to the inside with just a few adjustments.
If you have flood lights say white... one or two on the front lawn...to help light up the house on the outside. It is getting darker earlier and in November, when people have time to drive through the streets to check out the listings, it will be dark. Having the lights on will make your home stand out from the rest of the homes that are for sale in the area and will make it look welcoming.
Put a wreath on the door. It can be either colorful with dried leaves or a cedar wreath as it gets closer to the holiday season. The wreaths can change with the season or with the holiday that will be celebrated.
Inside the home
Place fresh cut flowers in a few areas of the home for an addition of color and focal points. The kitchen is always a good place. They also give a very welcoming aroma to the home. Plus, if you have a bread maker, have it baking some bread. Another nice feeling for buyers in the home are also some fresh baked cookies on a plate. Popular scents: cinnamon rolls, freshly baked bread, apple cider or anything with vanilla, cinnamon or yeast. This day and age, aromas are not the only things that will sell a house, but they sure don't hurt.
Close to end of November it is good to heat some cider. Have the table set with nice dishes. Lighting is important. Advise your buyers to leave lamps on in preparation for buyers to view your home. I always suggest to my sellers to leave all the lights on throughout the day, especially the outside lights to make access into the house easy. The more lights on, the better. Also, for the time that your house is open to viewing, you should get brighter light bulbs.
Make bedrooms look cozy and inviting by adding quilts, comforters, and additional pillows to fluff up the bedding and make it warm and inviting. In the family room/living room, consider things such as putting a warm throw on the sofa and along with lighting, light some candles. Make sure you are careful with scented candles because some odors are not appreciated by some buyers, so unscented candles are your best bet. The candles will just give a relaxing glow. Of course only leave lit candles if you are leaving just before the buyers are coming in and returning shortly after they leave.
First impressions are very powerful. If it looks like you're expecting the buyer as a guest and greeting them warmly, that's a powerful impact.
Playing music softly in the back ground creates a great atmosphere. In a winter sale.
If you have a fireplace, don't be afraid to light it.
This one may be difficult for most people: reduce the number of personal pictures in the home. You want people to visualize themselves in the space and to spend time looking at the structure of the home not taking the time looking at pictures. REMEMBER, YOU ARE SELLING YOUR HOUSE. This is where an agent is invaluable -- we help keep the emotions of selling on track.