Winter can be a fun and festive time for staging your home for a successful sale. In Muskoka activity is still high in the area with skiers, snowmobile enthusiasts, cross country skiiers descending on the region.
Here’s a list of tips for preparing your home this season!
Keep Things Safe—Shovel That Driveway
It is important to keep safety in mind when staging your home. In the winter time, snow and ice are hazards for prospective buyers coming to see your home. Make sure to clear the driveway and any walkways around your property—and don’t forget the sidewalk in front of your house.
Seasonal Decorations go a Long Way
Don’t be afraid to add a little holiday spirit to the viewing experience. Festive décor can help build a welcoming and inviting atmosphere. It can be as simple as stringing up a few lights, lighting some candles or adding some tasteful touches of garland and ribbon around the main living spaces.
Create a Warm Atmosphere
As the temperature plummets, home buyers will be craving the allure of a warm and cozy abode. Be sure to leave the thermostat turned up and light a few candles to create a visual representation of warmth. If you have a fireplace, have it lit in time for viewings. Consider adding a few pillows and throws to seating areas to inspire thoughts of comfort and relaxation.
Clear Out the Clutter
There is nothing more distracting for home buyers than a home filled with junk, particularly if that mess is in the front foyer. Shoes, coats and outerwear should be out of sight or neatly stored in closets. Try to make the area around the entrance as light and open as possible.
Protect Your Floors
Lay out some rubber mats by the front door to give viewers an area to remove and store their shoes. This will encourage people to take off their snowy boots, instead of tracking melting snow and road salt through your living room.
It’s Time for Entertaining
When potential buyers are walking through your home, they are imagining living in your space. Help them out a little by setting up the dining table as if you’re getting ready to entertain. You can also lay out some treats in the kitchen, such as fresh fruit or baked goods. The idea is to give viewers an idea of what entertaining might look like in your home.
Avoid Spraying Heavy Scents and Fragrances
For those with allergies and sensitivities to scents, a strong perfumed smell can be distracting. Home buyers who leave your home with a massive headache aren’t likely to put in an offer. Heavy scents also make some buyers wonder what underlying odor you may be trying to cover up.
Do Turn on the Lights
While it is a good idea to pull back the curtains, the overcast skies of the winter months can limit the amount of natural light. Keeping main lights on will enhance the overall look of your home.
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