Home staging is the process of preparing your property for sale. It involves making your home look its absolute best, encouraging viewers to place an offer on your property.
It generally starts with a thorough declutter, which makes the property seem more inviting and helps hugely with the moving process. Where necessary, you might also decide to redecorate. Depersonalising your home and repainting in a neutral palette can also help viewers envisage themselves in your home.
Many seasonal factors will also affect how you display your home, so here at Quealy & Co Estate Agents, we got together to share our top tips for staging your home this autumn.
Focus on Kerb Appeal
First impressions count. From the second prospective buyers see your home, they should be wowed. You should start by tidying up the garden, including mowing the lawn, de-weeding the path and repainting the fence. Next, clean the windows and repaint the front door where necessary. To add an autumnal touch, consider a wreath made from deep oranges and brown tones, a classy way to incorporate the season into your décor.
Clear The Entranceway
The attention you have paid to the front of your home should continue into the porch or hallway. In autumn, these spaces are often cluttered with raincoats, muddy boots, and rouge leaves.
Be sure to deep clean the space making it warm and inviting for your viewers.
Sprinkle Autumnal Décor Carefully
It can be easy to go overboard when staging your home in autumn. With so many fun seasonal accessories available, many homeowners struggle to know where to draw the line.
Each room should have a nod to the season rather than revolving around it. For example, consider a singular piece of artwork, floral arrangement or pumpkin display in each room, which will avoid your home being taken over by the season!
Stage The Outdoors
Just because the weather is cooling doesn’t mean that your buyers don’t want to see the outside space. Leave out your garden furniture to show your viewers exactly how they can utilise the garden with their family and guests.
Even for those with tiny outside spaces, showing prospective buyers how they can enjoy this area will encourage them to make an offer.
Incorporate Autumnal Scents
Making your home smell fantastic doesn’t have to be as cliché as warm cinnamon rolls in the oven, but incorporating autumnal scents into your home will entice buyers to stay and see what the property has to offer.
Use candles and reed diffusers to allow subtle scents to float around the home. Pumpkin and burnt orange align with the seasons but be careful not to use too many contrasting scents, which can often counteract each other.
Style The Dining Table
As the nights begin to draw in, our homes truly become our sanctuaries. So when buyers are viewing in autumn, they are already thinking of the festive period they will enjoy in their new home.
Therefore, showcasing how great the property is for hosting is of paramount importance. Lay the table, complete with an autumnal runner, crockery and glassware. This will make the room warm and inviting, encouraging visitors to imagine their friends and family enjoying the entertainment space.
Focus on Lighting
Lighting is crucial when staging your home in any season. Without enough lighting, your home will look dark and uninviting. On the other hand, if the lighting is too intense, the space will look uncomfortable and clinical.
Soft, freestanding lights tend to work better than brighter overhead bulbs. Use a collection of table and floor lamps to create a subtle glow around the home, complimenting any natural light rather than overpowering it.
Highlight The Fireplaces
As mentioned, viewers want to see a house they can imagine spending the winters tucked up inside. And nothing screams cosy evenings like a fireplace.
The warm embers and soft glow of an original fireplace will be enough to entice any buyer.
Use Dried Floral Arrangements
Flowers are an excellent final touch for styling any home. They allow you to add just the right amount of personality along with a pop of colour to every room. However, autumn is not the optimum time for fresh flowers.
Consider instead investing in a few dried bouquets to dot around the property. These look incredible, stand the test of time, and can be easily transported to your new home. Earthy tones are perfect for autumn and be sure to add in some bright yellows to liven up the room.
We’re here to help
At Quealy & Co, we understand that selling your home can be stressful and we’re here to help you every step of the way. If you would like advice on how to increase the value of your property for sale in Kent or simply have questions about the local property market, our estate agents in Sittingbourne would be delighted to have a chat. Our advice is free and without obligation.