Seasonal adjustments for spring. Aimed at Sellers, this is a great post, full of a lot of good tips that are easy and inexpensive. One additional comment on seasonal adjustments---if a home has sat dormant all winter, be sure to do your market analysis and lobby for a price drop if needed!
Any home stager will tell you that “staging is staging” and the principals remain the same throughout the year—keep things clean, clutter free and colorful. But that doesn’t mean each season comes without its own brand of staging magic.
For spring, there are a number of things you can do both inside and outside to take advantage of the beautiful weather.
Barb Schwarz, creator of Homes Staging® and CEO of Stagedhomes.com, suggests adding splashes of color to your porch with potted flowers. She favors larger pots placed on each side of the front door bearing tulips or daisies with greenery in the middle.
Bringing spring colors into a home is just as easy, especially with accessories like throw pillows, area rugs, artwork, towels and bedspreads.
“Change accessories and the whole house changes,” Schwarz said. Swap-out decorative pillows on a sofa for a fresh, new look. “This year nature colors are really in; green is really big and hot orange is an accent that is strong.”
Designers recommend using other knickknacks that speak of spring, such as pears, eggs, sea shells, nature, leaf patterns in fabrics, wicker, real leather and rust metal as contrast.
Schwarz said it’s also a good idea to replace the drapery panels in a home or office. She recently changed a den from a daisy pattern in blue to cream plain panels that went from ceiling to the floor “and the whole room looked bigger and more elegant,” she said.
Of course, all rooms in the house are important and there are ways to liven up each one as the spring season blooms. You want the buyer to buy the whole house, not just one or two rooms staged, so it’s important to create a cohesive design.
Yet don’t forget your “great outdoors.” Clean up your yards, remove fallen leaves and dead plants, and trim bushes and hedges.
Indeed, spring brings more buyers so take advantage of all that the season has to offer.
MaryKay Shumway, ABR/SRES/Realtor, is a full-time Broker, Accredited Buyer Agent and Broker with Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group, Inc. in Door County, Wisconsin.
Representing both listing clients and buyer clients full time, I am also a mother of two and active in my community in the local school district, nonprofit groups and governmental affairs. A member of the Door County Board of Realtors Honors Society from 2005-2012, the Door County Realtor of the Year 2008, a member of The Real Estate Group's Chairman's Circle in 2010-2013, and an member of the Coldwell Banker International Diamond Society for 2013, I focus my balance on both listings and representing Buyer Clients looking for the perfect Door County Property. I turn Door County vacations into Door County traditions by helping you own your own Door County real estate, and I represent exceptional properties in all price points on the Bay of Green Bay, Lake Michigan, and all inland lakes and properties in between. Call or text or e-mail me today.