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11 Decorating Tips That Will Help Sell Your Port Saint Lucie Home This Fall
Are you thinking of selling your home in Port Saint Lucie, but worried that summer is over? Though many people say that summer is the best time to list a home, the truth is you can sell a home in any season. Fall or autumn season is a good time as any to sell your property.
Listing your house in autumn will have its own challenges, but it also has its advantages. If you decide that you want to push through with selling your Port Saint Lucie home this fall, you need to know what needs to be done so you can make your home appealing to potential buyers. This means decorating the home right for the season.
Think autumn, not Halloween! There's a big difference between decorating your home for a holiday and staging your home for a season.
Autumn is a gorgeous season when the weather is great and the leaves turn into orange and gold. Take inspiration from the fall colors and use shades like red, yellow, orange, purple, blue, and brown. You can use some simple seasonal tricks to welcome autumn leaves and pumpkin spices into your home, and impress your visitors in the process.
Home Decorating Tips for Fall
Home staging tip #1 - Boost curb appeal
The first thing potential buyers see when they pull up the curb is the exterior of your home. That's why it is important to keep the exterior clean and tidy. This will give the buyers the impression that you're showing pride of ownership and keeping both indoors and outdoors clean.
Also, potential buyers form their first impression in the first three seconds, so make the most out of it.
Since a lot of leaves fall in autumn, yard maintenance is essential in maintaining a curb appeal. Rake the leaves, cut or remove any dried plants or bushes, and trim the lawn. Mend the fence and paint the mailbox.
How you maintain your home’s curb appeal sends a subtle message to buyers about how well you manage your home. If they are impressed as they walk up the driveway, you’ve successfully passed the curb appeal test.
Home decorating tip #2 - Stick a seasonal flag outside
Personalize your front yard by placing a welcoming fall flag by the mailbox, in your front garden, or hanging from your front porch. Let people know that you're ready for autumn!
Home decorating tip #3 - Hang a festive wreath on your front door
Add some fall foliage, colorful ribbon, or burlap accents to an autumn wreath and catch the eye of your friends and neighbors. People tend to notice your home's decorations when they first spy your house, which is why front door accents are often included in tips for increasing curb appeal. Display your fall home readiness with a red, gold, and a brown wreath on your door!
Home decorating tip #4 - Put a pumpkin on your front porch
Nothing says fall as much as a round pumpkin sitting on your porch steps. When pumpkins come in season, you can purchase one for Halloween fun or simply as a seasonal accent.
Home decorating tip #5 - Bring out the cinnamon and pumpkin-scented candles
The smell of those warm spices gently wafting throughout your home is enough to energize you for the season. Light a few candles in your kitchen or living room as well as other rooms that receive the most traffic in your home. Your home will be looking and smelling festive in no time.
The home’s smell is important if you want to sell your home fast. If you’re a buyer and you walk into a house that smells of wet dog, you’ll likely remember that odor even when you walk out of the house. That scent will have a strong first impression on you. For many buyers, a house’s scent is important, and choosing the wrong scent can make potential buyers them run away.
When using spices or scented candles to deodorize your home, make sure that you don’t mix too many different smells at the same time.
Home decorating tip #6 - Swap out your dining table centerpiece
Put the colorful summer tones away for next year and bring out your festive fall accents.
Make a seasonal statement with the centerpiece on your dining room or kitchen table. Some simple autumn centerpiece ideas include:
- red, orange, and yellow pillar candles
- roses or colorful leaves in a vase
- small pumpkins
- old-fashioned lanterns
- a bowl of apples
Home decorating tip #7 - Decorate your shelves with pine cones and oak leaves
If you have a mantle above your fireplace or empty space on a bookshelf, fill it with simple arrangements of fall foliage pine cones, oak leaves, acorns, and pumpkins. To truly make a statement with your decor, pair vibrantly colored leaves with a white or neutral color base, and enjoy the display capture the attention of passersby.
Home decorating tip #8 - Light it up
In the autumn season, nights are longer. This is a good thing because you can use it to your advantage. Brighten up the house by lighting the different rooms. Well-lit rooms look larger and more inviting. Before you do any home showing, make sure to turn on the lights. Buyers will appreciate the welcoming ambiance of the home as they come in.
Home decorating tip #9 - Create a cozy appeal
A warm and cozy home is very attractive to potential home buyers. Creating a cozy ambiance can be created by as simple as using plush pillows and throw blankets. Decorative candles also add to the cozy appeal.
Home decorating tip #10 - Paint your walls
A fresh coat of paint is a great way to refresh your home's interior, no matter what season it is. For the fall season, a rich shade of cream is the best color. It is warm and inviting, and the perfect base for colorful accessories like burnt oranges and deep reds.
Home decorating tip #11 - Remember “less is more”
Too many fall decorations can make your home look tacky and overcrowded while sticking to only a few tastefully selected accents can give your home a cozy and elegant ambiance.
Don't worry if you leave some shelves bare. A few empty shelves give the illusion that there's additional storage in the house.
Decorating vs Staging
Decorating and staging are often used interchangeably, but these two words are distinct and have different meanings.
Home decorating is the science of making the interior attractive and functional through the use of accessories, window treatments, artwork, and more. The personality, taste, and preferences of the homeowner are taken into account so that the house reflects a little of the owner's personality. Decorating wants to make the home appealing to the owner.
Staging is the process of preparing the home to sell in the real estate market. It is not concerned with the needs and preferences of the client but instead deals with what will appeal to the universal buyers. Staging makes the home appealing to the possible intended buyers. Studies show that staged homes sell faster than unstaged homes.
When you want to sell your home fast this fall season, following a few decorating tips won’t be enough. You need to stage your home.
Must-do staging tips before home selling
1. Clean, clean, clean
Who doesn't love a clean home? A clean home is infinitely more appealing to buyers rather than an unkempt one. If you regularly clean the house, you may not need to do a deep cleaning. It not, below is a list of things you need to clean, so that you won't miss anything in the cleaning process.
- Use a mop or duster on the ceiling, trim, light bulbs, baseboards, and walls. If dirt is an issue, use a mixture of water and dish soap
- Vacuum sills and tracks of windows, and squeegee the inside and outside of the glass for a streak-free shine
- Vacuum shades and curtains
- Use furniture gliders to vacuum and/or mop every square foot
- Wash bedding and sprinkle baking soda on the mattress to mask old odors
- Use the wood cleaner on kitchen and bathroom cabinets, or warm water and dish soap on laminate and painted surfaces
- Wipe down the fridge, stove-top and dishwasher
- Wipe the door frames and door knobs.
- Wash the shower curtains on a cold, gentle cycle
- Rid the bathroom of soap scum with heated distilled white vinegar and baking soda on a non-scratch pad
- Dust frames, artwork, and electronics
- Wash throw pillow covers, or dry clean pillows
2. Powerwash it off!
Eliminate dirt, grit, and grime by power-washing the siding, walkway, porch, and all other outdoor accessories. Your home is exposed to harsh elements all year round. All these things can cause serious damage and deposit dirt on your home's exterior.
Power washing can lift the dirt off and give your exterior a fresh look. It is also the perfect way to create a good base for painting. By removing all the dirt and grime, you ensure that you have a clean, smooth surface on which to paint.
3. Clear the clutter
You've lived in your home for several years. In the span of time, you’ve probably accumulated a lot of items. Now that you're selling, it's time to sort through your things and decide which ones to keep, donate, or discard. Decluttering doesn't need to be an overwhelming endeavor. It can actually therapeutic.
Deciding what items to toss can be as simple as anything that's broken, not in good shape, or unused for more than two years.
Items that are in perfectly good shape but you rarely use can go to the donation box. Books, shoes, bags, CD's, any furniture that you don't use anymore — all these can be donated.
Do you find yourself putting a lot of items in the "I want to keep" box? The best solution is to rent a storage facility from a moving company and store them for safekeeping. This way, you get to keep the items you like but you've cleared the house from clutter.
4. Take care of minor repairs
Home staging is a good time to tackle the scratches, holes, scuffs, and any other impurities potential buyers can see. Using a melamine foam eraser pad, go room to room, removing any marks you see on the walls.
If you notice areas where the paint has chipped, you need to do some paint touch-ups. If you see a burned-out light bulb, replace it with a new bulb. Take your time going around the house because you want it to look nice and ready when a potential buyer comes.
5. Rearrange your furniture
You want there to be as much open, walkable space as possible. This helps buyers navigate the area, and also helps them better visualize their own furniture in each room. Put extraneous furniture in storage to get it out of the way, focusing on getting rid of any oversized pieces, damaged pieces, and those that don’t match the rest of the room. With the furniture that’s left, rearrange it to make the room look and feel as spacious as possible.
Decorate and stage your Port Saint Lucie home for sale this fall!
These home decorating tips work well to increase your Port Saint Lucie property's appeal if you're selling your property this season. If you have any questions about home staging tips or about selling your home, contact me at any time.
Call me, Melissa Conrad, at 772-240-2589.
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