How to Stage your Home During Halloween

Posted by Matthew Cooper on Monday, October 21st, 2019 at 10:42am.

The temperatures may be plunging, but autumn is one of the hottest seasons for homes for sale,and for good reason: young buyers are looking to invest in a new home and moving in before the weather gets too cold. However, holidays such as Thanksgiving and Halloween can make staging a home for sale challenging – how much seasonal décor is too much?

Here are a few ways to help make your home most appealing to hopeful buyers during this spooky time of year.

Include Some Halloween and Thanksgiving Decorations

A good way to liven up your home is by including some decorations and accessories from well-known fall holidays. Good examples include having a jack-o’-lantern on the front porch or some scented candles in the living room, which add warmth without being too overbearing. However, take caution when adding these decorations – too many may create clutter and actually dissuade potential buyers.

Make Use Of the Season’s Warm Colors

Fall has some of the most beautiful colours that nature can offer, with leaves becoming various shades of red, orange, and yellow. You can use this fiery palette as inspiration when staging your home. For example, adding flowers such as chrysanthemums, orange gerberas and dahlias together in a vase help inspire the feeling of a fall harvest, especially when placed as a centrepiece in the dining room or living room. Other good ways to showcase the colours include having a bowl of apples or a bottle of wine or cider beside some wine glasses which help create a warm and cozy vibe.

Use Seasonally-Appropriate Accessories

This is a great chance for homeowners to change up things such as pillows, throws, and bedding, and helps give a facelift to furniture that looks drab and dated. Try swapping your current sofa pillows with soft, fluffy ones with varying textures, or replacing your current bedding with a new one that’s both heavy and cozy.

Improve your Curb Appeal

While not necessary for condo sellers, owners of detached and semi-detached homes should take extra care of their lots this season.

During this time, lots of leaves will be falling from trees, covering the ground with a blanket of warm colours. However, it can cause clutter on your lawn which looks quite unappealing which is why you should be raking the leaves regularly to keep the clutter to a minimum. It also helps to apply a fresh coat of stain or paint for your front patio or back deck to both make it more appealing and prepare it for the coming winter. Simple things such as these all help to create a good first impression before buyers visit the rest of your home.

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