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Staging your home in the winter months is just as important, if not more so, than in the summertime. Accomplishing that warm and welcoming feel just takes a few steps and some attention to some minor details and your home can be brought out of hibernation. Make a good first impression from the moment prospective buyers pull up curbside. By creating a welcoming and relaxing environment, buyers will take extra time exploring the home.
1. Snow removal.
This may seem like an obvious first step as you want people to not only have easy access to your home, but for obvious safety reasons as well, but don’t forget those outdoor spaces you may also want to feature. Decks and patios that are a sellable feature for your home need to be accessible as well.
2. Create a warm welcome.
Hanging a winter wreath on the front door. If possible, have seasonal plants like spruce on the walkway or front porch. Be sure you turn those lights on early to avoid people approaching a dark house.
3. Provide a place to wipe feet.
Have a welcome mat and an indoor rug inside the door. Decide whether you want to keep the outdoor elements outside and then provide a place for people to wipe their feet or take off their shoes. Offering shoe covers is another affordable option.
4. Turn up the lights and the heat!
No one is comfortable meandering around a cold, dark house. You want guests to linger, checking out all the details that make your home appealing.
5. Create cozy spaces.
If you have a fireplace, light it. Use extra pillows and throws on the furniture, light some candles, and pile a few books on that coffee table. This will allow potential buyers to see decorating possibilities as well as make them comfortable.