Staging Your Home This Winter

Staging your home in the summer, spring and fall is easy(er). The weather is temperate, the days are long with light, and there’s no reason for extra clutter in your home. Staging your home in the winter can be a totally different story. Here are some tips for staging your home in the winter:

1). Keep the holiday décor to a minimum. We are not saying do not decorate at all; in fact, prospective buyers often love to see how magical their future home could be during the holiday season. However, keep it minimalist. Setting up your tree and lights is fantastic, but scale back on all the little holiday knick-knacks and figurines. Staging is about opening up your space, not filling it with even more items.

2). Ensure your entryway is clear. In the wintertime more outdoor items tend to clutter entryways, like hats, mittens, boots, jackets and more. Not only do you want to keep it clear for the aesthetic of it all, but you need to make sure there is space for prospective buyers and agents to take off their own winter items. This will also keep the space clean and avoid muddy tracks everywhere from winter boots.

3). Keep curb appeal in mind! Just because there is snow, doesn’t mean you have an excuse to neglect giving your home curb appeal. Consider a nice wreath for the door, keep the sidewalks and steps clear of snow, make sure to put salt down to remove ice, and consider other small touches that will make the walk up to your front door pleasant.

4). LIGHTING, LIGHTING, LIGHTING! With such short days, often overcast with snowy skies, being intentional about lighting up your home is crucial. Opt for soft lighting, not hard, bright, white. Avoid just overhead lighting, and add some lamps and soft lights where possible. Keep the blinds and drapes open to let in what sunlight you can, but make up for it elsewhere!

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