As soon as the temperature drops the holiday season is upon us, the natural temptation of many is to get out the seasonal decor. However, if you are thinking of listing your home for sale, you may want to be cautious as you don’t want to overdo the decor for potential buyers. Here is a list of things to review during the fall and winter if you are thinking of selling.
The goal with fall decor should be to enhance your home’s curb appeal, not to obstruct it. Too many holiday decorations will distract buyers of your home’s best features while a few tasteful accents can be warm and inviting. Everyone will understand that leaves and debris in your yard comes with the territory of the season, but don’t let it get out of hand where the impression may be of lack of maintenance.
Similar advice applies for holiday decorations. You will want to present the home in its best light literally, rather than having decorations steal away the attention. Find the happy medium where decorations are done in a classy way.
Let in Light
Now that there are shorter days upon us, it is a good idea to keep the curtains open and make sure the windows are clean. Homes that are brighter can feel larger says HGTV. For the late afternoon showings,try adding supplemental lighting to illuminate each room and show off their best features.
Make it Inviting
Providing a cozy setting will make buyers feel relaxed and at home. Try adding some throws and accent pillows to couches, chairs and beds. Fall-like colors will add warmth and style. “Try displaying vases of fall foliage or bowls of seasonal fruit throughout your home,” said HGTV.
Prepare the Fireplace
Even if you aren’t using the fireplace, make sure it is clean and showing well. Sweep up ashes, wash glass doors and stack the wood in an orderly fashion so it appears tidy. Last, freshen up the paint if there are any worn away areas.
Use Fall Scents
Cinnamon and pumpkin spice are classic scents of fall. You can also use these to your advantage to appeal to buyers senses. “The fall and winter months are associated with certain smells and flavors (think: pine needles, cinnamon, peppermint and pumpkin pie). Beyond setting the mood with decorations, you could try appealing to buyers’ senses in multiple ways,” said Smart Asset. “For example, if you’re hosting an open house you could keep hot chocolate and pumpkin muffins on hand for visiting buyers. If you don’t want to go that far, keeping a scented candle burning in the background or playing some holiday music can work wonders.”