Staging Your Home for the Fall Selling Season

The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are turning (in most of the country!), and days are getting shorter. To take advantage of fall buyers who are out looking at homes, we have some home staging tips to help your house stand out during the season.

Gorgeous autumn days mean fewer hours of natural light, but you can still brighten up your home with artificial illumination inside and out to put your home in the best light for potential buyers. Designers break lighting into 3 categories:

  • Ambient: think of your overhead lights that generally illuminate a full room
  • Task: these lights illuminate specific areas, such as under your cabinets or where you read
  • Accent: these lights also illuminate room, but are often more decorative (such as table lamps) than purely functional

The right mix of these 3 kinds of light will depend on the room. Some other home staging tips for fall days and evenings are to put your porch light on in the evening and illuminate your front walk to make your home appear inviting to any potential buyers driving by.

Living Room with FireplaceFall is a time when people start to head indoors, so create cozy spaces in your home that highlight key selling points. If you have a fireplace, arrange your furniture to focus on it. You can fire it up as long as it’s not a hazard and won’t overheat your home, especially if you have a bustling open house. If you have a great kitchen or dining area for entertaining, draw people in with some delicious seasonal treats - who can resist warm apple cider or freshly baked pumpkin bread? Plus, they will make your home smell great.

If you’re trying to sell in a chillier part of the county, maintain a warm (but not sweltering) home temperature so that potential buyers want to linger at an open house or showing. Set your thermostat to a temperature that would please the average visitor (this may be warmer or cooler than your preferred temperature) and keep in mind how long it normally takes for your house to heat up or cool down.

Decorative Fall WreathJust because your flowers aren’t in full bloom doesn’t mean you should neglect your home’s curb appeal. Beautiful colors and changing leaves create a great opportunity (and challenge) for fall curb appeal. Keep the yard and gutters clean – stay on top of raking those leaves! If you want to put up some seasonal decorations, keep them classy and minimal. A lovely fall wreath on the door or a pumpkin on your stoop is a nice addition. You should save your over-the-top Halloween gear and spooky décor for your new home. Lastly, don’t think cool fall weather means no flowers - mums, goldenrods, aster and witch-hazel will add some more color and curb appeal to your home.

If you’re getting ready to sell this fall, be sure to check out the ZipRealty Seller Center to get an idea of what your home will sell for in today’s market!

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