4 Tips to Consider When Staging Your House For Fall Showings

Dave Hanson
Published on October 16, 2015

4 Tips to Consider When Staging Your House For Fall Showings

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Contemporary living room with a fireplace and stylish decor.

Staging your house for showings can be a large process but very rewarding when done right. It involves making several little changes and decorations that showcase your home’s best assets in a move aimed at impressing potential buyers. Having a knowledgeable and experienced real estate agent to guide you through this process can help you sell your house quicker and at a relatively higher price.

The biggest buyers during Falls are the millennials who are known for their keenness to details. Empty nesters also comprise a fair share of buyers during this season as they seek to establish homes for themselves. As such, it is important to have in mind these demographics when establishing your ideal target and for staging your house for home showings.

The following are some of the most vital tips to consider when staging your house for Fall showings in Seattle neighborhoods:

  1. De-clutter your home – Staging your house 

A untidy environment is one of the most unpleasant scenes, which can serve as a key factor that easily puts off your potential buyer’s interest. This is because it distracts them from seeing your home’s best features while also giving the impression of a home with inadequate space.

For this reason, it is important to box up and pack away before the showings begin. You should then store the packed possessions out of the buyer’s sight such as at your storage facility or in the garage. You can, however, allow your furniture to stay although it must be neutral and should not occupy excess space.  Make sure to remove 50-70% of the items in cupboards and closets as well to show off how large they are and that there is plenty of storage capacity.  This is all part of staging your house to add value to your home.

Tip: Pull the furniture away from the wall to make your room appear bigger and more appealing.

  1. Clean your house thoroughly – Staging your house 

Cleaning your house well is another seemingly obvious yet valuable tip that significantly enhances the appeal of your home to potential buyers. Clean like you never have cleaned before.  Be sure to clean all areas including the not-so-accessible spaces such as under-sink cabinets, storage areas, and closets.

You can also hire someone else to do the cleaning for you since you’re likely to ignore critical areas and smells due to having become accustom to them over time. You may also want to clear your kitchen counters, leaving only a few items such as a scented candle or a bowl of fresh apples or pears.

This is a challenge for everyone because every person has different levels of what clean is but over all when the job is done professionally it can change the feel of a home and present it to a buyer that thinks the home has been loved over the years.

Consider maintaining the outdoor areas as well by sweeping cobwebs, replacing burnt-out bulbs and power-wash sidings or decks where necessary. You can also use a new welcome mat or a simple fall wreath, inexpensive yet very effective additions to increase appeal.

Tip: First impressions add value and keeping it clean throughout will support a better price.

  1. Depersonalize the house – Staging your house 

Typically, potential buyers are looking for a conducive space they hope to call home soon. Which is why you should allow them to envision themselves living in the house. As such, remove all your family photographs and mementos that can easily prevent formation of this mindset. In a nutshell, you should put away everything that sends a strong message to the potential buyer regarding the existing home inhabitants and their influence on this space.

For example: I was showing a home to a buyer and we came out of the kitchen into the family room and a huge naked painting was hung on the wall.  Very uncomfortable for all parties and all the buyers could think about was the painting and not the home.  Part of staging your house is to take all offensive art, memorabilia and religious artifacts off the walls so that it does not distract from the showing.

Consider hanging mirrors that add more light and life to the house in addition to making the room appear increasingly spacious. Besides, having a naturally illuminated house will go well with a majority of buyers. For this reason, ensure that the blinds and heavy curtains are opened to allow more light and fresh air enter the house. You can also use inexpensive sheers on your windows that easily light up the house from the interior. Be sure to set up a standby warm interior lighting system that will cover you during classic gloomy Fall days.

  1. Define your spaces – Staging your house 

Ensure that each room in your house has a clearly defined purpose to allow potential buyers to envision their description of the ideal house formation and organization. This means that every room and space in the house has a definite purpose which helps the buyer visualize how to maximize the available space. As such, realign all the room arrangement that you might have altered over time to allow each area to regain its original purpose.

For example, a dining room that has since been converted into a catch-all station should now only serve the purpose of a dining room. Conversely, a deserted office space should be rearranged to portray the purpose of the area as it should be. This is especially important for millennials who will want to see a well-organized office space that helps them envision themselves telecommunicating.

Implementing all the tips outlined in this post will likely prove to be a little expensive and even inconveniencing in the short term. However, following them can be worth the cost since they’ll help you command higher home sale prices and enjoy less time on the market. Besides, having completed most of your packing and moving in preparation for staging your house helps you enjoy a smoother transition to your new home once the sale is completed.

Also, make sure to visit 5 Easy Ways to Increase Your Seattle Property Value Before Selling.

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