Staging your Home: Winter Edition
Tuesday Feb 02nd, 2021
Winter can be a cozy and magical time of the year, but it also brings with it some snowstorms, icy conditions, overcast, and slush! Which can often make the staging of houses a bit challenging. Here are some exterior and interior tips to staging your home in the winter:
Curbside appeal has a completely different definition in the winter. Here are some things that can be done in preparation for potential buyers:
Clear some pathways!
Remember that buyers are visiting your property for the first time! They might not be aware of any uneven surfaces or areas that might seem safe to walk but aren't. Make sure to let your listing agent know of any specific winter access restrictions. For instance, if you live in a more rural area, it might be easier for people to enter through the side door rather than the front door)
Ensure the safety of potential buyers by making a clear path to and from the front door. If necessary, make a path to the backyard so they can easily walk around your house without stepping through deep cold snow! Also, make sure these paths are properly salted/sanded to make sure there are no icy patches that someone might slip on.
Fix it up!
Now's the time to fix any potential outdoor hazards that you have gotten used to over the years. Whether it's a loose railing or some uneven brick, fix it! These little fixes can go a long way. Investing this time into the home before you sell can make a huge difference!
When buyers enter your home, you want them to feel warm and welcomed. Here are some tips to consider when preparing for potential buyers:
No Scents Makes Sense!
In the winter, houses lack fresh air because let's face it, no one wants to leave their window open during negative degree weather. This means all the smells become trapped inside and our home will smell stale to anyone coming in for the first time. There are a few ways to avoid any lingering smells:
Use natural fragrances around the house, nothing too strong or unique. Scents like, coffee beans, lemon, or lavender are familiar and natural scents that avoid any harsh chemicals that people might be allergic to.
Let the Light In!
The days are shorter and darker during the winter months. If you can, open all the blinds and let in as much natural light as possible! This will help your home feel bright and welcoming rather than dark and cold. In rooms with less access to light, such as basements, make sure all the lightbulbs and lamps are working so that when the lights can be turned on to make the viewing of the space brighter and more welcoming.