Home Staging Tips for Autumn

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Home Stager with Lionheart Home Staging, LLC

 As summer fades into fall, sellers should re-evaluate the showing condition of their home.  To retain maximum interest, listed properties should keep up with the seasonal changes and make the transition as well.

Home Staging Tips for Autumn:

  • Curb Appeal (lawn):  Don't let the cooling weather deter you from maintaining your yard.  Keep the grass trimmed and well watered into late fall to retain a healthy-looking lawn.  Remember to gather fallen leaves and move them to a compositing center.
  • Curb Appeal (garden):  After your flowers and vegetable gardens have been spent, trim the plants down to minimize the withered appearance.  If there are voids in your once-thriving landscaped areas, try adding fall perenials such as mums.  These additions will bring a touch of color while ushering buyers into your home.
  • Holiday Decor:  Keep your Halloween and Thanksgiving decor to a tasteful minimum.  Neutral decorations such as pumpkins gourds, indian corn, and wicker baskets will allow you to add a festive atmosphere to your home without distracting buyers.
  • Seasonal Scents:  Do not use overpowering sprays or room fragrances when selling your home; these types of artificial odors can be irritating to buyers.  However, natural scents such as freshly baked spice cookies and simmering apple cider are very pleasing and can conjure up fond memories of family and home.
  • Exterior Photos:  After the fall flowers have been planted and your trees have turned a crimson red, be sure to update the exterior photo for your home.  Contact your listing agent or send an email to keep your online listing looking fresh.

While selling your home, it is important to remain proactive and keep your home in top showing condition.  Although relatively minor, these changes can make a big impact on how your house appears to buyers! 

KFM Staging & Design is a Minnesota home staging company that has been creating "First Impressions That Sell" for homeowners and Realtors across Minneapolis, St. Paul, and western Wisconsin. KFM Specializes in staging consultations and vacant stagings. For more home staging tips or to schedule a personalized consultation for your home, visit our website: www.kfmstaging.com

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Rainer
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Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating

Kristina ~ Good tips and reminder!  All too often people focus on the spring and summer for keeping their landscaping up. 

September 05, 2008 08:20 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells

Kristina,

This is one of my pet peeves. Snow covered roofs in the middle of August, autumn foliage in May, it screams;

                  "I've been on the market forever". Go ahead make a low ball offer. I'm desperate!

September 22, 2008 07:30 PM #2
Rainer
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Marianne Sweet
Home Sweet Home Staging - Rochester Hills, MI
Home Sweet Home Staging, LLC Rochester Hills, MI

Fall is my favorite time to stage.  I love to add a ceramic (tasteful) pumpkin here and there, and focus on greens, golds and rust colors.  Mums are the best flowers to stage with.

September 08, 2008 06:17 AM #3
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Kristina- You are right! I had a DIY on the go, and I waited to snap the outside pictures, as I knew the leaves were about to change, and I didnt want the home looking like it was on the market longer then it was!

Heather 

September 08, 2008 09:44 AM #4
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Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals

I just finished a blog on this as well, will wait awhile to post.    Marianne, Fall is my favorite staging season as well.

September 11, 2008 05:40 PM #5
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Kristina Leone
Lionheart Home Staging, LLC - Minneapolis, MN

Kathleen, I look forward to reading your post!  It's funny how different topics seem to emerge at the same time.

September 20, 2008 09:18 PM #6
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Kristina, thanks for sharing the great fall tips.  I always enjoy the change in season.

September 21, 2008 07:04 AM #7
Rainer
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Kelly Garrison
Kelly Garrison - Tulsa, OK
Kelly Garrison, Broker/REALTOR

KRISTINA, GREAT IDEAS!

September 22, 2008 05:56 PM #8
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Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CEP Realtor, Etc.

Very nice post.  It is important to keep your home in show ready condition at all times, but when seasons change a bit of adjustment is always a positive thing for your staged home.

September 22, 2008 06:39 PM #9
Rainmaker
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Anne Marie Malf
Malfi Marketing Solutions ~ for real estate professionals - Yardley, PA
Real Estate Marketing Consultant/Virtual Asst, Bucks County,PA

Hi Kristina, what a great post/reminder.  I love Fall and you can't forget to do these very important things even if you don't have your home listed - of course it's especially important while you're home is listed.  I know I love when people look at my home and see a nice yard, fall flowers and especially when family and friends are over - I always have the smell of spice, cookies, cider going and love the fall smells.  I enjoyed reading. ~ Anne Marie

September 26, 2008 07:51 PM #10
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles & Pasadena, CA

Kristina: Very good points about seasonal staging. You are right - holiday decorations should be tasteful and low key so they don't overpower and become distracting.

September 26, 2008 08:00 PM #11
Rainer
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Michele Eckart
RE/MAX Advantage Realty - Ellicott City, MD

What a great reminder to share with our clients and to us agents to take a few new photos at least the exterior.

September 27, 2008 09:22 AM #12
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Annie Pinsker-Brown
Stage to Sell - LA Home Staging - Los Angeles, CA
Stage to Sell, Los Angeles Home Stager

That reminds me - I once had a client (a builder) that built a spec home which was completed at the end of November. They wanted me to Stage it right away, with only a 2 month lease. I reminded them that they would be going on the market at the worst possible time - December! They said, "No worries! The last home you Staged for us sold immediately!" And to make it even worse, they INSISTED on having me put up Christmas decorations in the home. Well, needless to say, the house looked great but no one even saw it until after the first of the year. So I had to go back and pull out all the decorations! And the photos had the decorations in them too.

October 02, 2008 10:45 PM #13
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Phyllis Pafumi
ReStyled to Sell Home Staging New Jersey - Old Bridge, NJ
ReStyled to Sell Staging Homes NJ

Fall is my favorite season, I always advise clients to use mums around the property. I find that to be very inviting. A nice fire, weather permitting, in the fireplace is alway welcoming.

Phyllis Pafumi

October 02, 2008 11:17 PM #14
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Lynn Johnson
Coldwell Banker Home Connection - Owatonna, MN
Owatonna, MN Real Estate

Kristina - Thanks for the autumn tips.  Fall colors are so nice to add around the house - they really warm things up.

November 14, 2008 09:38 AM #15
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