If you’re planning on selling your home this fall, you’re in the perfect position to get over asking, that is if you stage first! According to a recent housing market report, Chicago home prices are on the rise due to a very tight supply from the coronavirus crisis and a recent rise in showings. More homebuyers are entering the bidding wars to scoop up their favorite deals.
While this sounds great for a home seller’s bottom line, to get from offer to sold quickly with potential bidding wars. It’s our job at Chicagoland Home Staging to get you the maximum dollar at closing by properly preparing your home for sale. We want to connect with a homebuyer on an emotional level, creating urgency, and triggering the sale.
Our team is trained to make your property stand out amongst the competition this fall. It takes work to prepare for winter’s slumber both outside and in to keep you safe and warm for the season. Time will run out as the days get shorter and cooler temperatures creep in, so focus on your home’s most important projects first.
Here are a few of our go-to fall home staging tips that we often suggest to our clients to get the maximum return on your investment, not to mention sold quickly.
Sellers Start at the Curb
Yard work will play a major role in welcoming buyers inside your property. During the fall season spruce up the front yard by raking the leaves, pull weeds, add a layer of mulch, and prune trees and shrubs to protect plants for the winter. Also, patch brown spots in the grass and add some seasonal flowers for a pop of color.
Light the Way
As the days get shorter, make sure to light up the walkway to the front door and have all the outside lights on. Set the mood inside by lighting the fireplace or candles in your home. (Just be careful when it’s lit, safety comes first!) As well as, turn on the lights inside to show off how spacious and bright the property is. Not only do well-lit rooms look larger, but they also look more inviting, creating that welcoming glow for buyers as they drive up.
At Chicagoland Home Staging we know the fall chill will want homebuyers to feel cozy and comfortable inside your property. An interior space works well when it’s balanced on each side of the room. See the picture above, the colors flow together creating one cohesive look and there is a combination of shapes, patterns, and rhythms (repetition) working in a harmonious way to tell a unified story.
Embrace the fall weather by utilizing furry throw pillows and soft, snuggly blankets. Anything that will encourage a buyer to feel relaxed at home, ready to curl up in a comfy chair by the fire will help you get an offer faster.
Embrace the Lifestyle
Buyers want to be wowed and know that the lifestyle they can lead starts inside your property. A bigger kitchen suggests more healthy home-cooked meals in or a family room lets buyers envision where they can spend time with loved ones after a hard day at work. It’s important to tug on a buyer’s heartstrings by playing up the emotional connections in a home. Our team of home staging experts know the key elements to showcase to leverage the home’s architecture, décor, feel, smells, and lifestyle the homebuyer is longing for.
Tis’ The Season
Since the holiday season is upon us, here is a quick reminder when it comes to holiday decor. While Halloween & Thanksgiving are not religious holidays that could offend potential buyers, it’s still a time where many people decorate. So, just remember less is more. When decorating for the holidays take a cue from nature, rather than display ghosts, monsters, or turkeys. Instead, use fall florals, pumpkins, leaves, and fall scents will lure buyers in and inviting them to stay awhile.
Need help staging a home this fall? Contact us today! We’d be more than happy to assist you with all your home staging needs.