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Tips to stage and sell your home this fall

staging home to sell in fall

Key insights:

  • Fall curb appeal is important. Focus on creating a welcoming yard by raking leaves and planting seasonal flowers rather than over-decorating for autumn.
  • Ensure potential buyers have a warm experience during showings by staging your home with cozy blankets and fall-scented essential oils.
  • Don’t forget about lighting inside and out. Draw in fall’s natural light and turn on both table lamps and outdoor lights for extra glow.

Stage your home to sell this fall

Fall in Minnesota and western Wisconsin is upon us, and with it comes the fresh autumn air, colorful leaves — and a great opportunity to sell your home.

This year provides a unique window of opportunity for home sellers. Even as the COVID-19 pandemic persists, low interest rates and high buyer demand contribute to rising home market activity. With the housing market moving as fast as ever — especially in lower and mid-level price points — it’s important to get a leg up on the competition. By staging your home this fall, you may even be able to attract multiple offers on your property.

Exterior tips for fall home staging

When staging your home to sell this fall, first focus on the curb appeal of your house. Keep your lawn freshly cut, and rake and bag leaves daily. Play up autumn by using potted plants and flowers such as mums, which come in gorgeous orange, red and yellow hues. You can also use pumpkins and gourds to give your front porch or steps extra curb appeal.

Steer clear of over-the-top seasonal decorations (think scarecrows, mummies, ghosts and goblins) that may turn buyers off and keep them from focusing on the attractive, foundational features of your home.

Interior tips for fall home staging

It’s important to keep your space cozy yet accessible while staging the interior of your home. Remove photos and personal mementos so potential buyers can easily picture themselves and their belongings in the space. To keep your home looking warm and inviting, add soft blankets and pillows to the couch and light the fireplace if you have one.

Autumn temperatures can be unpredictable, so pay attention to forecasts in order to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. The scents of fall — like apple, cider or pumpkin spice — can be a nice addition to a kitchen or living area as well.

Finally, little fixes here and there can have a big impact when selling. By completing small home projects like installing a ceiling fan or adding storage space to your garage, you may put yourself in a better position to attract potential homebuyers. For example, 91% of buyers want a dedicated laundry room. Knowing this, you might add open shelving, fresh paint color and simple decor pieces to your designated laundry space.

Lighting tips

Fall home staging includes thoughtful lighting that invokes a bright space without looking stark. During the day, keep your window treatments open to draw in fall’s natural lighting. At night, turn on side table lamps and overhead lights.

When it comes to evening showings, don’t forget to ensure potential buyers can easily view your home’s exterior and appreciate its appeal. Turn on outdoor lights and add pathway lights to make sure visitors are sure-footed.

Getting ready to sell your home this fall?

Now is the time to take action. Our Ultimate Guide to Selling Your Home is filled with tips, checklists and insider secrets (including staging suggestions!) to successfully sell your home this fall.

A REALTOR® can offer insights you can use to further prepare your home to sell. Reach out to Edina Realty or one of our agents to stage and list your home for the best price.

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