Over recent years a shift in the way that home buyers think and act has meant that while the spring and summer are still great times to sell a home the autumn – or the fall if you prefer – can also be a great time to do so. Waterloo region buyers are actually often rather keen on the idea of house hunting in the autumn as the weather is still relatively mild and getting out and about to view properties – and then stop somewhere for the obligatory pumpkin spice latte – is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon.
If your home is on the market for sale in the autumn you should, however, slightly rethink some of your home staging choices, both to reflect the spirit of the season and to boost its overall charm and appeal. Here are a few ideas for doing just that, none of which are too difficult – or to expensive – to implement in almost any home for sale.
Let There be Lots of Light
The days shorten rather quickly in the fall, and so great lighting that highlights all of your home’s best features is more important than ever before, especially as many showings my take place in the early evening after a buyer’s work day is over. Let as much natural light stream in as possible by opening your blinds and drapes , and place plenty of lamps throughout your home for additional soft illumination.
Warm Up the Walls
Whatever time of year you decide to sell your home , a cleansing fresh coat of paint is a great way to revive and revitalize your home’s interior. For fall , consider painting your walls a rich shade of caramel or cream, colours that are still neutral yet warm and inviting and very reflective of the mood of the season.
Put the Emphasis on Cozy Comfort
The autumn is all about feeling cozy and comfortable and your home staging should reflect that vibe. Accentuate your sofas and chairs with throw pillows and plush throws that minimc the jewel colours of the falling leaves and not only will the look be appealing but it’s likely to encourage potential homebuyers to stick around a little longer during showings, giving them more time to admire your home and all it has to offer.
Make Use of Seasonal Scents
Nothing quite says fall like the warm aromas of apples and cinnamon. Before showing your home, burn a cinnamon-scented candle or simmer a pot of apple cider on the stove with a stick of cinnamon thrown in for good measure . And if you do opt for the cider, leave it in a thermos with cups for potential buyers to enjoy as they tour your home.
Add a Little Extra Luxury
To further enhance that warm ,welcoming fall feeling try adding a few extra luxe touches to your home staging throughout the whole space. Layering your bed with sumptuous, silky fabrics will further enhance the vibe and these luxurious details don’t have to break the bank. Discount stores offer plenty of inexpensive bedding options that look rather high-end. You can also display plush towels in the bathroom or drape a silky table cloth over your dining room table to enhance the effect even further.