You can get a little bit tricky staging a home in the winter when there’s a foot of snow on the ground, but it’s not impossible. I know you’ve driven through a neighborhood and see real estate signs up and probably thought to yourself, who would buy a house in the winter? But honestly, people’s jobs change, family status changes, and there are external reasons why people might need to buy or sell in the winter. It’s really not a bad idea, actually, because there is less competition and you know that those people looking for your home are probably pretty serious buyers. So, how do you stage a house in the winter?
Here are some simple tips for staging and preparing to show your home in the winter.
#1. Make sure there’s a clear path to the front door.
You don’t want to risk damaging anyone or having them trip and fall. If people can’t get to your house they’re probably not going to buy it. If your driveway or walkway is snow-covered, it’s not going to be very appealing for people on the hunt for open houses. You want to make sure that there is sand or salt on the sidewalk to melt the ice and keep the walkway as clear as possible.
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#2.Keep it bright.
It can get quite dark in the winter time, especially when the sun sets so early, so you want to keep your house bright and light by opening up all the windows, letting natural light come in, using a bright white or off-white coat of paint on the interior, and turning on lights when you have a showing or an open house.
#3. Add cozy touches.
This could be turning on a gas fireplace or having a woodstove burning during a showing or open house, create a cozy space with a cup of hot chocolate and a cozy blankets, or even having big throw pillows and blankets over couches and chairs, really setting the stage for a winter he cold and cozy evening.
#4. Choose holiday decor wisely.
Just because your house is on the market doesn’t mean you don’t have to decorate for the holidays. A few minor decorations here or there can definitely add to the charm and cozy feeling of the home, but don’t go overboard. You want to depersonalize wisely, which means not a lot of personal photos or collections, but a few little touches to add to the charm and ambiance of the season. A garland on the mantle, wreath on the door, simple menorah on the table is really all the home needs.
Another bonus tip when selling in the winter, especially if there is a lot of snow on the ground is to have photos of the home before it snowed. Buyers want to see what the house actually looks like and if it’s covered in a foot of snow, it can be very difficult for buyers to visualize with the home actually looks like. Have pictures of the home in spring and summer if possible to show a nice green lawn and colorful flowers around the backyard.
For more information on staging your Northern Virginia home this winter give us a call. We’d love to discuss the specifics with you and find a price range that works for all.