9 Home Staging Tips For Winter

by Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Inc. on November 14, 2019

home staging for winterThe general belief in real estate is that winter is not the time to sell your home, but that is just not the case! Winter is actually a great time to put your house on the market. For one, there is less inventory, which means less competition! Though selling your home during the colder months does pose a unique set of challenges, with many sellers wondering how to create a warm and welcoming environment when the outside world is anything but, there are actually several inexpensive (and even free!) ways to make your home appealing to buyers, no matter the season.

Consider these budget-friendly tips to prep your home for both buyers and guests while your competition is hibernating away this season.

Clear your pathways.

shovel pathwaysOf course, one of the most important things you can do for your entryway is to make sure your pathways are clear and hazard-free. This includes raking away leaves and debris and/or shoveling snow, depending on your weather. If it is snowy out, you’ll want to make sure your walkways have been de-iced. Beyond your entryway, you’ll also want to make sure your back yard and any seating areas are shoveled and raked, as well. This will allow potential buyers to gauge the true size of the space.

Ensure a welcoming entrance.

welcoming front entranceJust because the grass is no longer green and your flowers aren’t in bloom doesn’t mean that you can’t have a warm, welcoming entrance. The winter weather does not have to affect your curb appeal, and there are several ways to achieve this. Hang a wreath on your front door, for example. Whether it’s faux or made from natural elements, it’s sure to add that homey touch. Consider a cute welcome mat or add some faux greenery to your pots for a pop of color. And lastly, don’t be afraid to decorate for the season!

Cozy up the temperature.

adjust thermostatNobody likes hanging out in a space that’s too cold. You’ll want to ensure maximum comfort by keeping your thermostat at 70 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. The more comfortable your guests feel, the longer they will stay. AKA more time to fall in love with your home!

Organize your winter gear.

organize winter gearOrganization is a must when staging your home, but so is bundling up to brave that winter weather. So where do you put all those coats, scarves, and boots? We recommend having a designated space with a few hooks or extra hangers and a mat for the wet boots for guests/buyers who want to take off their outer layers while touring your home. In fact, you *should* encourage buyers to take off their jackets — they’ll stay longer and feel more comfortable while checking out the rooms!

Ensure ample lighting.

consider lightingThe winter months come with much less daylight, making it even more important to pay attention to your light sources this season. You’ll want to keep your lights on and blinds open to ensure maximum natural lighting. You can even switch to brighter bulbs or simply clean your light fixtures. It’s also smart to keep your home well lit even when you’re not there so that it still looks inviting to the passerby who happen to see it in the evenings.

Decorate for the season.

decorate for the seasonJust because you are showing your home, doesn’t mean you can’t decorate for the season! Winter is the season for celebration, which is a good enough reason to put up some holiday decorations to give your home a happy and friendly vibe. However, this does not mean it’s time to display every knickknack you’ve ever purchased. Noisy symbols, loudly laughing Santas, and extra bright decorations are better left scaled down. Neutral decor, some twinkling lights, and natural elements, such as some wreaths or a Christmas tree, should give your home the perfect touch of holiday elegance. If you choose to skip the decorations altogether, you can still add some warmth by placing drapery, throw blankets, and possibly an area rug throughout your home.

Consider your fireplace.

decorate nonworking fireplaceFireplaces are great interior elements that can easily become an important focal point within your home. Working or not, you can maximize this eye-catching element while staging your home. If you don’t typically use your fireplace, consider placing some gorgeous, silver birch logs inside to give it a rustic, homey feel, especially if your decor has accents of reclaimed wood. Decorating with candles is another great way to give your non-working fireplace an inviting glow.

Show off the possibilities.

summertime yardIf you have an exceptional back yard or a sunroom that you can’t quite show off during the winter months, you can strategically place large photographs in those key areas to show what that space looks like during the warmer months. Pictures of your yard, garden, and patio or deck are especially useful for buyers to envision their life here in the warmer months, after the thaw.

Last but not least…

christmas cookiesNow that you’ve made your home warm and inviting for buyers and guests alike, everybody will be ready to cuddle up with a nice throw and drink some cocoa…so don’t forget to bake some cookies or have cider or cocoa on deck when buyers are coming over. It’s an instant hook!


Home Decor: Trimmings That Transition From Fall to Winter

by Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Inc. on October 21, 2019


It’s that time of year again — the time when pine cones, pumpkins, and that gorgeous fall foliage are on full display. But don’t you just hate that the fall season seems to end so swiftly? And that those gorgeous autumn decorations have to come down even quicker than you put them up? Not to worry, friends! Your home decor can last throughout both cold weather seasons with these simple tricks and tips that easily transition from autumn into winter.

Pumpkin Spice Things Up.

metallic pumpkins home decorIt’s no surprise that pumpkins come in first place when it comes to autumn decorations, but you can actually add more variety to your gourds to make them last throughout the winter months. This means forgoing everything you know about your basic orange pumpkin and put an emphasis on shiny or painted pumpkins. Painting them white (or red, or green, or blue…you pick!) or adding a pop of sparkle with some glitter give an appropriate nod to both seasons. Bonus: If you make this process a DIY activity with your kids, this can quickly become your new tradition!

Warm Up With Colors.

warm color palette home decorA warm palette of orange, yellow, and red gives any room a seasonal lift that not only works for the fall but easily transitions into the winter months as well. From accent pillows and rugs to decorative pumpkins, frames, and knick-knacks alike, there are countless ways to utilize this warm color palette.

Look To Nature.

citrus home decorYou can’t go wrong looking to nature for decorating inspiration. Look to the colors found in nature for influence. Orange, yellow, red, and green are the natural colors of the season. These colors are versatile, pairing well with dark woods and also with a crisp white.  Natural textures, or even actual foliage, are another great way to design your home for the holidays. Try decorating your mantel or any other empty surface you may have with fresh fruit and/or greenery. Look for colorful, long-lasting citrus fruits such as oranges, limes, and lemons. You can arrange the fruit to your liking and even include cuts of evergreen branches or other greenery to complete the space.

Light It Up!

twinkle lights pumpkins home decortwinkle lights home decorWe can’t think of any trimming more transitional than a string of lights. Not only does it add an obvious sparkle to any space, but it’s also incredibly easy and almost effortless. Take this simple topiary, for example. Put together with elements found outdoors during the fall, it seamlessly transitions to a winter focal point with just a single strand of lights. You can apply this technique to indoor decorations as well, such as across the mantel or even fill your vases with them!

Lasting Lanterns.

lanterns home decorSpeaking of lights, let’s reassess our front porch lanterns! It only takes a single minute to switch the vibe of your porch lanterns from fall to winter. All you need to do is swap out their “fillings” and possibly add a decorative ribbon. From pumpkins and pinecones to ornaments and evergreen, this seasonal shift takes almost no time at all.

Reverse! Reverse!

reversible home decorreversible home decorArguably the greatest transitional decor is anything reversible. Write a fall message on the front of some wood with a winter phrase on the back. Make a pumpkin stack that doubles as a snowman! There are even reversible decorations already made on sites like Amazon to make your life even easier!


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