Outside staging can make just as much a difference as the inside when it comes to selling a home. Maybe even more since the outside of the home is typically the first thing buyers see. They know from the outside whether they want to venture further in especially in a drive by scenario. This can be easy to accomplish in the Spring and Summer when there are so many choice in color and most plants and trees are in full bloom, but setting up curve appealing for the winter months can be challenging.
Here are some simple tips to set yourself up for more shows on a home for sale in the Fall or Winter months.
1. Make sure the front is not completely deciduous trees and foliage.
Having one or two trees or shrubs that lose their leaves is fine but not if it's the only ones in the front. Make sure you have plenty of evergreens to make up a nice balance of green. If there are flower beds that are empty consider year round grasses that add a great depth of texture to the common evergreen trees and shrubs. Keep the home looking symmetrical by placing green shrubs on each side of the home.
2. Add Bark or Mulch for color
If you simply can not find any fall or winter color use bark as a good color booster. Fresh, natural bark has a deep chocolate color that compliments the green in the grass or leaves. If you do not have grass, consider red rock or gray stones as accents. Keep all the rocks in place and not scattered for a clean and tidy look.
3. Make sure the home itself is clean.
This should go without saying but the house itself should be touched up with paint, if not the whole house, at least the trim should be redone for a fresh, bright look. If the front steps need to be repainted or the door, consider a nice contrasting color that will lend to the home's over all look. If you have concrete or rock steps, make sure they are thoroughly cleaned and brightened up. Clear away any moss growing in the gutters or driveway and that there are no scuffs or dents in the garage doors.
4. Take a tour of model homes.
Model homes have professionals that stage in all times of the year. Take a look at what your buyers are seeing and how they can stage no matter what the season. Try to mimic what they do to the best of your ability and if it means pulling out grandma's 100 year rose bush that has taken over the steps, then get to it.
The goal is to sell the house. Make sure you do not turn buyers off right off the bat with bad curve appealing. You can dress up the outside of a home any time of the year with the right plants, paintings and cleanings. For more on Fall Staging consider checking out our enterprise real estate professional.