Winter Home-Staging Tips
Selling homes during the winter months requires proper staging for the season to ensure a quick sale at top dollar. Although buyers can overlook barren trees and snow piles in the yard, they will not be forgiving if bad weather makes the home inaccessible.
Agents should provide alternate directions or change the date of the showing if heavy snow is forecast. Additionally, they should ensure that a safe path has been cleared from the street to the front door and that pathways have been cleared to allow buyers to see certain outdoor areas, such as guest houses or storage sheds. Also, each room should be warm, with windows and holes sealed and furniture moved away from vents to ensure proper air circulation.
Fabrics, rugs, curtains, bed linens, and tablecloths should be chosen with the goal of creating visual warmth. Throws, pillows, and richly textured materials can be used to create a cozy image. Finally, winter-blooming plants should be placed near the entry, on the dining room table, or side tables around the couch to suggest the warmer months ahead.
Source: "Staging for Winter Home Sales," Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Blog (Feb. 12, 2015)
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