Inventory is quite low at the moment in the Boulder real estate market, which means this is the perfect time to put your home up for sale! When putting your home on the market, it is important to show it to its best advantage. This is where staging your home can make a huge impact. It will help your home make a great first impression and will give buyers a chance to see the full potential of your Boulder home. No matter the season, staging is advised. Staged homes will most likely sell for more than an empty or unstaged home and can sell in a much quicker timeframe. Besides the usual tips of staging (decluttering, cleaning, and depersonalizing), there are some things you should do when you stage your Boulder home in the winter.
Do I Need a Stager?
First of all, some clients worry about needing to go and buy new items to stage their home perfectly. This isn’t always the case! I have helped clients in the past to stage their home beautifully with items they already own. In fact, the pictures in this blog are all from a home that was staged by my client with just a little help from one of my preferred stagers, Bridgett with Stage Right Home Staging. I always provide consultation with one of my preferred stagers to help accommodate my clients! Whether you decide to use a professional stager or do it yourself, here are some of the most important things to watch for when staging your home in the winter.
Natural daylight can be scarce during the winter so take advantage of the little light we do get. Make sure your windows are clear of snow and keep curtains and blinds open so you can capture the natural light. Light is very important when staging your Boulder Home in the winter. If your home is being shown while it’s already dark out make sure all the lights are lit. It might be a good idea to invest in brighter light bulbs during this time. Keep your lights on, even while you’re gone, or get some timers for your lights so that they automatically turn on when it gets dark. Buyers will sometimes drive past homes just to have a quick look and a brightly lit home always looks inviting!
Snow And Ice
If buyers are coming to see your home in the winter, it’s highly likely there will be times when there are snow and ice on the ground. Make sure your driveway and paths are plowed and cleaned off. If you have a deck or patio, it’s a good idea to clear those off as well. You might want to salt these areas as well so that no one has an accident! It’s a good idea to keep a mat by the door inside and outside to catch as much dirt and snow from shoes as possible. If there’s so much snow that it will fall off your roof and in front of windows, you will need to clear that too. If you aren’t living in the home while you’re showing it, this could be a hard task to keep up with. There are companies that you can hire to come and make sure your home and driveway are clear of snow and ice.
Keep the heat on in the Winter
It can be tempting to turn off the heating and save some money while you’re not in your home. Don’t do this!!! Keep your home comfortably toasty so that buyers will feel warm and comfortable in your home. If you have a fireplace, make sure it’s cleaned and consider lighting it before a showing. It’s a great way of showing off this feature in your home!
Live Greenery To Spruce Up Your Boulder Home
A seasonal wreath on the door or in front of a window is always a great idea. You could also have a look around your garden and see what’s available! Decorating your home for a winter showing with a little sprig of pine or a pinecone is super easy. Poinsettias are always a favorite too, but a winter bouquet can also liven up your home. Here are some florists in the Boulder area that I recommend:
Check out any of these local businesses to add that extra pop of color or to find that perfect wreath for the front entryway!
Less Is More
You want your home to be tastefully decorated and so my recommendation is always that less is more. You can certainly decorate if you’re showing the home during the holiday season, but try not to go overboard. I recommend going with a monochromatic or neutral color scheme. This way everything will already match your normal room decor and you don’t need to worry about clashing elements. It’s important that you don’t cover up the important or key features of your home. You want buyers to see your home, not just your holiday decor, but a wreath and some lights are never a bad idea.
Scented candles or air fresheners can also be a great addition, but keep it subtle and natural. You can certainly go with a seasonally appropriate scent like cinnamon, pine, or vanilla, but keep it toned down. Don’t overdo it with the chemical scented sprays! They can often give the buyers the impression that you are trying to cover up a bad smell.
How Can I Help?
If you have any further questions about staging your home in the winter. Please reach out to me! I want my clients to know I am here for them. I am still keeping social distancing guidelines in check when it comes to showings for my listed properties as well as taking the utmost care when showing my buyers homes. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out and contact me! I will continue to provide my clients with interesting and up-to-date information so they can make informed decisions. If you are planning on buying or selling a home in the near future and you think that my expertise and positive attitude might be of service to you don’t hesitate to reach out and contact me!
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Luxury Home Specialist & New Home Specialist
Coldwell Banker Realty
(303) 916 5859