The busy house buying and selling season begins to get going during the spring and is extremely busy during the summer months. January, February and March are the slowest months for buying and selling homes. Because of a sudden job change or a life changing event, a family might have to put their home up for sale during the winter months. During the “off-season” months, the seller will need to extenuate the strengths of the home and downplay the weaknesses in order to attract potential buyers. In order to get more offers and sell the home quicker, realtors encourage “staging” a home for sale. Home staging is the process of decluttering, painting, re-decorating and in some cases upgrading the home to make it appeal to buyers. This can be done by the homeowner, the realtor or staging companies. The goal of staging a home is to make the home welcoming during anytime of the year, but more so during the winter months. A clean, clutter-free home will be more attractive to potential buyers and could sell faster and for more money.
Staging companies and realtors recommend renting a self storage unit to help you with the staging process. Renting a self storage until can be done on a month-by-month basis, which is great for staging opportunities. A self storage unit is a perfect place to store large bulky furniture that might clutter up a room or place for the boxes of a toy collection. A self storage unit is also the place to put those personal items that are not needed in a home when you are trying to sell it. Box up and place in storage collectible items, personal artwork and photos and music collections. A buyer wants to try to imagine a home as they would want to decorate it, so it is important to make the home as neutral as possible.
Staging a Home During the Winter Months
Staging a home during the winter months might be a bit more challenging due to dreary weather. Below are seven winter staging tips to follow to help your home look its best and attract the right buyer and the right price:
- For home staging, the most important thing to do is de-clutter your home. Make sure that you go room-by-room to de-clutter. Have packing supplies on hand to properly store your excess items. Stop N Stor offers packing and moving supplies from boxes to newsprint to packaging tape to help you get your items ready for storage.
- Make the home visually appealing. This involves cleaning, repairing problems, dusting, vacuuming and painting rooms a more neutral color. Make sure to keep on top of the maintenance projects, if it is taking longer for your home to sell.
- Even though realtors recommend removing personal photos during home staging, it is actually a good idea to have photos (or at least a photo album) of the home during the spring and summer months, so potential buyers can see what the landscaping, flowers, patio and garden looks when everything is in full bloom.
- A home’s curb appeal is vital to make the home look inviting and welcoming to potential buyers. The outside of the home is the first impression that a potential buyer has when seeing visiting a home that they are interested in buying. Keep up with outdoor projects such as raking the leaves, cleaning out the gutters, sweeping down porches and repairing and replacing any exterior lighting problems.
- During the winter months, it gets darker much earlier. It is important to make good use of the natural lighting in your home as much as possible. Open up the drapes and blinds to let the natural light in the home during daytime showings. If you have to show the home in the evening, make sure that all exterior and interior lights are on and working properly. Replace light bulbs with a higher wattage and warmer hues to make the rooms more inviting.
- Keep the temperature of the home at a comfortable setting. If you have a fireplace, add a fire during the home showing hours. Use battery powered candles to add warmth and light to the room. But, do not use an overpowering scent for the candles as that can turn away potential buyers.
- Paint the walls for the rooms in your home a neutral color and have similar colors for your furniture. Then add colorful seasonal accessories such as rugs, pillows and throws to give an added “pop” to the rooms.