“She enjoys rain for its wetness, winter for its cold, summer for its heat. She loves rainbows as much for fading as for their brilliance. It is easy for her, she opens her heart and accepts everything.”
—Morgan Llywelyn, Bard: The Odyssey of the Irish
In our last blog post, we talked about how our stagers can help home sellers deflect the seasonal downturn of the housing market. This week, we are talking about highlighting your home in every season, regardless of when you are selling. Before you put away all of your photo albums, we recommend that our clients take out some pictures of your home during all four seasons and give them to your realtor.
The purpose behind pulling out a bunch of photos of your home throughout the year is so that buyers can experience the full story of the house. If it is summer, those maple or aspen trees in your front yard may be full of green leaves and look nice, but a buyer may be swayed into bidding a little higher if he or she knows that they are going to turn a vibrant crimson and campfire yellow, blanketing your front yard leaves like a patchwork quilt. Show off the peonies and tulips that you planted along the side of the house that blossom magnificently around late April into May and are a great feature of your home, but it is November and their current state is less than breathtaking.
What if it’s 105 degrees on the day of your open house and one of the biggest selling points of your home is its wood-burning fireplace? It’s something that may be overlooked, unless you can provide a series of photos of your living room decorated for Christmas with a tree by the hearth with stockings hanging from the mantle. Our point is that how your family lived in your home is the inspiration for the next family’s story. Even if you’re not planning on selling your home any time soon, it’s good to start photographing your home whenever you’re happy with how it looks. They will be very useful with helping your real estate agent sell your home for more. However, we do recommend against using pictures of your family. It is our mission to help potential buyers imagine themselves living in your house, if it is decorated with images of your family, the buyers are more likely to feel like strangers in the home and resist growing attached.
If you do decide to sell your home, we are more than happy to help. Contact us by the information provided below and we will help you stage your home to sell for top dollar so that you can move on to the next chapter in your story with a smile on our face, a sense of adventure in your heart, and a spare dollar in your pocket.