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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. Keep leaves raked and don’t over-decorate for the season.
  • Ensure potential buyers experience a warm and cozy home during showings.
  • Don’t forget about lighting inside and out—draw in fall’s natural lighting and turn on table lamps and outdoor lights.

Stage for success

Fall in Minnesota and western Wisconsin is upon us, and with it comes the fresh autumn air, colorful leaves, front porches adorned with pumpkins, gourds and corn stalks—and a great opportunity to sell your home. In fact, you may be surprised to know that more than a quarter of real estate activity takes place in the last several months of the year!

In today’s sellers’ market, buyers continue to snap up desirable homes quickly—especially those in lower and mid-level price points. However, while some properties may move quickly, a well-staged home can give you a leg up on the competition.

Exterior adjustments

First, focus on the exterior. Keep your lawn freshly cut, and rake and bag leaves daily. Play up autumn by using potted plants and flowers like mums, which come in gorgeous oranges, reds and yellow hues, as well as pumpkins and other gourds to give a 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 features of your home.

Interior additions

When it comes to the interior of your home, it’s important to keep it cozy but accessible. 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 to create a warm impression with potential buyers. The scents of fall—like apple-scented candles, cider or pumpkin spice—can be a nice addition to a kitchen or living area as well.

Lighting tips

For lighting, the key is to maintain a bright space that doesn’t look 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 as well.

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.

While this is a great starter guide for staging your home this fall, a Realtor will be able to give you insights you can use to further prepare your home to sell. To get in touch with a Realtor who knows how to stage and sell a home for the highest price, call, email or chat with us today.

Looking for more advice as you prep your home to sell this fall? Read on for additional year-round home staging tips, and follow #SellerInsights on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube to get more expert advice and insights.

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