If your year-end goals include selling your house, we applaud you! Winter is actually a great time to sell your house, as there’s less competition; many potential sellers get busy with the holidays and wait to sell their house until early spring. Due to the cooling market, though, don’t underestimate the need to really make your home shine. Proper staging can help you sell your house quickly this winter, even in this changing market.
You may want to get right down to adding some fun winter touches to your home for sale. Before you consider adding seasonal candles, though, you need to make sure your house is clean and ready to shine. Here’s our guide to staging your house this winter, from the first repair to the final touches.
Step 1: Make any necessary repairs.
Potential buyers are much more likely to bid on your house if they can tell that it’s been cared for. Whether your home’s issues are large or small, you’ll need to fix them up when you’re getting ready to list. Prioritize the biggest repairs first, especially since we’re headed into colder weather. If your home needs extensive repairs, this process may be expensive and time-consuming. Be aware that not all repairs and updates bring a return on investment.
Step 2: Declutter for your buyers.
Your goal in staging is to make sure that potential buyers can envision themselves living in your home. One thing that really prevents this visualization is clutter. If you don’t have enough storage space, you may want to put things in storage or donate items. This means your garage, too—those bikes or sports balls you haven’t used in years need to go!
Make sure to organize your storage areas and minimize what’s left on countertops so that these areas look spacious to buyers. You should put away personal photos and items. This can be a bit of a challenge around the holidays, but it’s essential.
Step 3: Get things squeaky clean!
After you’re finished decluttering, you can move on to cleaning. Make sure to catch the areas that aren’t usually cleaned as frequently, like baseboards, ceilings, and vents. Clean walls or apply fresh paint if you can. Clean the windows inside and out. If you want to sell your house quickly, it needs to look as good as possible.
Step 4: Up your curb appeal.
Once your home is repaired, decluttered, and cleaned, it’s time to take a look at your curb appeal. It’s the first thing your potential buyers will notice, after all! If it’s warm enough, paint shutters and trim with an updated color. With the days getting shorter, exterior lighting can be a big help in making your home look warm and inviting. You can make your entryway pop with a seasonal doormat or a festive wreath. Make sure your address is visible by freshening up or replacing your house numbers. Keep your sidewalks and driveway free of ice and snow, especially once your home is officially on the market.
Step 5: Make it cozy.
Now it’s finally time to stage your home inside. The winter season is all about coziness and togetherness, so make sure your home reflects that. Here’s where the seasonal candles come in; try for something widely-liked, like cinnamon or peppermint. If you have a fireplace, have it on for showings. Add some throw blankets and cozy pillows, and potential buyers will want to cuddle up on the couch! Decorations should be seasonal, not holiday-specific, as you don’t know what holidays your potential buyers celebrate.
After you’ve finished these steps, your home should be fully staged and ready for the market.
However, there’s an easier, faster option.
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