3 Great Staging Ideas for the Cooler Months Ahead

When trying to sell a home during the cooler months, it’s important to warm up the interiors and give the home a “homey” cozy look, agents say.

AOL Real Estate recently highlighted some tips for warming up your listings this fall and winter. Here are a few ideas:

1. Offer up some cozy smells: “We take some big old pots and dump cider in them, then warm it up and the whole house smells good,” Idaho real estate professional Gail Hartnett told AOL Real Estate. “It’s just a warm, homey smell that makes people feel good when they enter.”

2. Leave a few leaves: Keep the home’s lawn tidy but don’t sweat picking up every single leaf. “Leaves actually look nice as long as they have some color to them,” Harnett says. “But you need to make sure that your walkways are swept clear for safety purposes.”

3. Display photos from warmer days: Display spring and summer photos of the home’s exterior online as well as have photos at the home during showings. This will allow potential buyers to see what the beautiful flower beds and garden around your property looks on warmer days.

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. John Tobias

    Here’s one that seems TOTALLY OBVIOUS: Put a fire in the fireplace. Even if it’s just a Presto-Log, it’ll give the place a nice atmosphere…And, better still if it’s real wood burning in the hearth! Great smells? Be baking chocolate-chip cookies one at a time throughout the day using “pre-fabbed” dough from the store. It costs near nothin’ and it’ll provide snacks t’boot. Stick cinnamon in a little cider in a slow-cook pot, and candles burning in each room? How ’bout a little imagination, people?! THAT’S the ticket!

  2. Great post and site. nice ideas. thanks for posting it.

  3. Great ideas Melissa. Being in Edmonton, we already have snow on the ground so the leaf option is out. I do like the other 2 ideas, thou. Just to echo John, if my seller has a fireplace, either gas or wood burning stove/fireplace insert, I suggest they have them on/lite. Makes the whole home seem that much cozier.

  4. Pat Pratt

    Great ideas! Most of these we have heard before, but sometimes we overlook the obvious. It never hurts to compare notes with other Realtors.

  5. I love your ideas! I always have a pot of cinamon sticks brewing on my kitchen stove… smells so divine; also, I swap out pillows in my living room (summer linens turn into Velvet and Soft Faux Furs:-) ! Fun!