Home staging in winter may require a bit more creativity than at other times of year. After all, daylight is noticeably shorter, homes are more often shown after dark or on dark days, and even in warm climes it tends to be chilly.
1 – Think Outside In
Planning your staging from the outside in is even more important in winter than the rest of the year, particularly in areas where there is snow and ice. You want to check out all the approaches to the home for both visual appeal and safety of access.
It may make sense to add potted plants and flowers in winter to brighten things up. There are colorful and hardy plants available in winter .
Consider adding an outdoor light or two to brighten things up, and to make walking around the outside of the home safer.
2 – Warm is the Feeling you want
While cooling breezes are a seller in the heat of summer, they can doom a sale in the colder seasons. You want buyers to have a feeling they will be warm and comfortable in the home.
Keeping heating on can be more than worth the expense – this is especially true for the absentee owner. Remind the owner that people are unlikely to buy a home where they feel cold.
If the home has a fireplace, it can really help to have it burning when you’re showing the home and for open houses. Instant logs work well..
3 – Light is Important
Making sure the home is light and bright is important. Remember, you have shorter daylight hours and the angle of the winter sun may be such that the home feels dark. Open drapes and curtains throughout the house. Add lights where you need to so the home feels bright.
Adding an extra lamp or two can make all the difference in how warm and welcoming the home feels.
4 – Add Warmth
If the home is painted in a cool palette, you can do a lot to warm the look by adding warm colors. Throws, throw pillows and table clothes and runner in warm colors are an inexpensive way to warm a homes appearance.
Flowers, provided they are fresh, always add charm and warmth to a home, particularly in winter.
5 – Snow Removal
If you’re showing homes in areas where it snows, pay attention to snow removal. The sidewalk in front of the home needs to be free of snow and ice as does the walkway and any front step or stoop. If ice is present, make sure the areas where people walk are salted.
Any back steps, yard, deck or porch also need to be either completely free from snow if possible, or have a path cleared so the buyer can get a feel of the yard and deck.
It may well be that you or the homeowner will need to hire regular snow removal during the selling season. Making the property safe can make the sale.
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