There’s indisputable data these days that staging your home when it’s on the market has all kinds of positive effects, the most important often being a few extra dollars in your pocket at the settlement table.
But it’s an easier endeavor staging your home when the weather is warm and more potential buyers are visiting and touring your property. It gets a little more difficult when the snow starts falling and people aren’t as inclined to be out and about looking at homes for sale.
That being said, staging your home during the winter months can still have a number of benefits. So don’t drop the ball during the cold weather months; you never know when the perfect buyer could just show up at your front door.
The importance of staging is something that you often don’t realize until after the fact, once the home is sold and you hear comments from both the new buyers and their Realtor, as well as your own.
So be prepared when those potential buyers, who are often more serious about things this time of the year, come a knocking.
There are several staging tips that are developed exclusively for winter. Let’s look at a few…
Start With Curb Appeal. Your mature trees and colorful flowers may not be in bloom this time of year and snow and ice could cover your otherwise perfectly manicured front lawn. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still keep this area looking nice and trimmed during the winter. Sweep away any dead leaves from the fall, make sure your walkways are clear of snow and ice and look for ways to add a little color, even if it’s nothing more than a few potted plants near your front door.
Let The Light Shine In. The days are obviously shorter in the winter, which can often lead to a more gloomy overall feel in your home. But keep those blinds open, make sure the lights are turned on, dust your light fixtures and generally just make your home look as inviting as possible to both visitors and people driving by on the street.
Crank Up The Heat. Nobody wants to walk through a cold home during the winter months, so be sure that the temperature is warm and cozy for your guests. If you have a fireplace, keep it running to give the home a more cozy and welcoming feel.
Tickle The Senses. Homes don’t get a whole lot of fresh air during the winter months because they’re generally closed up and protected from the cold weather outside. This can often cause damp, dingy and uninviting smells to form in the home, and that’s certainly not what you want when prospective buyers are stopping by. Combat this by burning some potpourri, baking a batch of fresh cookies or even simmering some cinnamon or other pleasant smelling spices in the home.
Keep Dirt and Snow Outside. Use mats both inside and outside to keep any dirt or snow from entering the home, and encourage your family members to remove their shoes at the front door during the winter months. The last thing you want is for visitors to stop by and see a bunch of dirty footprints, especially when eliminating this is a fairly simple endeavor.
We’ve held seminars and community gatherings in the past detailing the need for properly staging your home here at the Delaware and Maryland beaches.
To learn more about why this is so important during the selling process, give the Oldfather Group a ring today at 302-260-2000 and speak to one of our staging experts.
And be sure to have a great offseason here in the coastal region!