Staging Tips to Prepare Your Home to Sell During the Winter
As a New Englander, you know how quickly the weather can change! And with it, the residential real estate market usually cools off as fall starts turning into winter.
Many people don’t have time to search for homes during the fall, so they don’t spend too much time looking until summer. People feel hesitant to move during winter because the winter holidays take up a lot of their time.
These obstacles don’t mean you cannot sell real estate during winter. However, we can do a few things to make sure you make your property as attractive as possible. You can start by following these winter home staging tips that will make your property seem cozy and beautiful. You might want to adjust these slightly to fit the current weather. Your Realtor can make suggestions that will help your home sell quickly.
Maintain a Cozy Temperature for Guests
The easiest home staging tip for winter doesn’t involve any work at all. You just need to set your thermostat to a temperature that most people will find comfortable. You don’t want your home to feel too cold or too hot. Somewhere around 70 degrees Fahrenheit will appeal to most guests who might buy your home.
Now is a great time to upgrade to an energy-efficient thermostat!
Additionally, it makes sense to fix air leaks in your home. Windows and exterior doors can create cold spots that will give your guests a chill. Tips for sealing air leaks include:
- Installing foam gaskets behind electrical outlets.
- Caulking and weatherstripping doors and windows.
- Adding pliable sealing gaskets to the bottoms of your exterior doors.
Place Mats at Entrances for Wet Shoes
If the ground is wet, people will track mud, water, or snow into your home. Make it easy for them to wipe their feet by placing a mat at every entrance.
This simple staging tip will prevent unsightly messes and show visitors that you take good care of your floor.
Add Lighting to Make Every Room Look More Inviting
The winter season means shorter days and longer periods of darkness. The change in daylight is actually a serious problem for some people.
Make your home cozy and inviting to everyone by adding more light to rooms. If you have empty space on a table, place a lamp there. Every darkened corner deserves a floor lamp.
Ideally, you should avoid bright white lights. They can highlight small imperfections in your walls, floors, and ceilings. Instead, opt for bulbs that create a soft glow. A few carefully placed candles could also make your rooms look cozy and comfortable.
Remove Debris From Your Home’s Exterior and Landscape
During summer, you can often rely on colorful flowers (hello hydrangeas!) and foliage to make your home’s exterior look beautiful.
Massachusetts isn't known for colorful winter seasons, so you need to pay extra attention to your home’s landscape. Even a little work will improve your property’s curb appeal. You want to make a great first impression before people even set foot inside your house.
Removing debris, such as dead leaves and twigs, from your yard will make your home much more attractive. You can do much more, though, by adding plants that thrive during the winter. Popular plants that do well in cold weather include:
- Yew shrubs
- Winterberry holly
- Plume grass
- China holly
We can connect you to a landscape professional who understands the South Shore and Cape regions. Send us a quick message at [email protected] and we'll get you in touch!