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I know it's not technically Fall yet but can't you just feel it in the air? For me, back to school marks the first day of Fall. After Labour Day, everything immediately starts to change; cooler weather, shorter days ...not to mention the real estate market. I don't know about you but, I'm already feeling the buzz of the Fall market. Saying that below you'll find some tips on how to add a whole new level of coziness to your Fall listings. Trust me, buyers will want to curl up with a book and never leave your property again. Enjoy!
1. Lighten Up
The days are getting shorter and that means more potential buyers will be driving by or viewing your home in the dark. Adequate lighting is essential if you want to highlight your home’s best features. Well-lit rooms not only look larger, but they also feel more inviting. Keep lights on when possible so buyers feel that glowing welcome as soon as they pull up.
2. Fire it Up
Who doesn’t want to imagine themselves relaxing with a glass of wine beside a cozy fireplace? Take advantage of the season and help buyers see themselves at home during your open house. Few things say “welcome home” like the warmth and sound of a crackling fire.
3. Rake it Up
With fall, come leaves, and sometimes lots of them. As beautiful as they are, you don’t want the first thing potential buyers to imagine is the amount of raking they’re going to have to do if they purchase this house. Make sure your exterior is in good shape, rake those leaves, patch-up brown spots on the grass and add in some seasonal flowers to spruce things up.
4. Layer In
This is where you can really up to your coziness game. Layering in plush textiles with lots of texture is what’s going to really draw your buyers in. Adding in some fur throw pillows and chunky knit blankets will encourage a buyer to feel relaxed and at home, ready to curl up with a good book. Even a strategically placed pair of fuzzy slippers beside a bed can be a nice touch.
5. Novelty Out
Take a trip to Homesense this time of year and you will be drowning in pumpkins and turkeys and a sea of orange and red and yellow. Don’t be tempted to use this type of kitschy décor in your listing. They draw too much attention away from the features of the house and may end up being completely out of place should your listing run into the Christmas season.
6. Stir it Up
I’ve never been a fan of using seasonal plug ins and candles in an attempt to trigger the olfactory senses or worse, mask any unpleasant smells. For many people, these types of synthetic fragrances can irritate allergies and even trigger migraines. Instead, why not simmer some spiced warm apple cider on the stove and offer guests a warm glass at your open house? What a better way to break the ice and make potential buyers feel at home.
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