Spring brings the promise of a fresh start. It provides many opportunities for home staging and is a time when many buyers hone in on a home. As the weather gets better, the competition to attract potential buyers to your clients’ listings warms up. Help home sellers make their homes outstanding with these spring home staging tips.
Spring is full of color and scents. Scents have a great effect on people so it is important to infuse them into the décor. Tell your clients to choose fragrances that evoke fresh and clean feelings such as aromatherapy diffusers or beach-scented candles.
Flowers are an integral part of spring and should be added both indoors and outdoors. Freshly-cut flowers in reflective glass vases add an instant spring feeling to a home. Botanical prints and colors in yellow or light-green shades also give rooms a spring-like feel. Home sellers should create bright flowerbeds to brighten up their landscapes and add curb appeal. If they have floral décor in storage, they should display it for all to see. Floral paintings and décor help spruce up properties for the season.
Many people clean their homes during spring. Tell your clients to take things a step further and clean their homes until they sparkle. Every inch should tell buyers that the home is in tip-top shape. Windows should be thoroughly cleaned, cobwebs removed, and odors banished. A gleaming home is not only beautiful to look at, it impresses buyers from the word go. Home sellers should declutter to make their properties airy, light, and spacious. They should avoid putting junk into closets as prospective buyers will think that the property doesn’t have enough storage.
Your clients may like the convenience of a coffeemaker, toaster, or mixer on the counter. However, buyers see these items as clutter. Advise them to store essential appliances in the cupboard. If there is no room, they can put them in boxes during showings. They can try placing a bowl of fresh seasonal fruits on the counter instead. It looks great and creates a fresh, spacious feel.
Buyers enter a home through the front door and that’s where your clients need to focus. Tell them to remove any wreaths that may be left from the festive season as they may give off the wrong message. They should put an umbrella stand for the spring showers, a spring-themed welcome sign, and a cheery welcome mat.
In early spring, most backyards are filled with spotty grass and bare branches which may be unappealing. The back door should be as beautiful as the front door to give potential buyers the same cheerful feeling they got when they first entered the home. Containers of potted bulbs on the back steps or the deck table can be used to add color to spaces that have not fully grown in.
Home sellers should rearrange furnishings to get rid of worn pieces that make a place look overstuffed. There should be ample furniture to suggest proper capacity and scale but not so much that architectural features are obscured and traffic flow is hindered.
Less is always more with accessories. Advise clients to remember the rule of threes when choosing accessories for each room. They can also add welcoming vitality with thoughtfully placed plants. Wall decorations should be limited to a few large pieces including cleverly placed mirrors that enlarge spaces and show off the best features.
Spring is a busy season for realtors and home sellers. Help your clients get ready for the spring real estate market with these great tips and you’ll be sure to impress buyers with the end results. Looking for other tips to share with your clients? Join the conversation on our iHOUSE Facebook page.
Ronique Gibson is an Associate Architect and a LEED Accredited Professional, who has been in the design industry for over 13 years. She started her design blog in 2009 and today it has become a premier destination for helping homeowners with everyday lifestyle challenges. Her readers check in daily for help with their homes, DIY project ideas, recipes, crafts, and inspiration to beautify and enjoy their homes.