7 Tips for Staging Your Home for the Winter


Planning on selling your home this winter? If so, strategically staging your home for the season is a great way to make your property look more appealing to potential buyers. Below are seven tips on how to take advantage of the colder months to make your property feel more inviting, cozy and attractive.

Shovel and Salt Walkways

It’s imperative that the walkways leading up to your home or around your property are shovelled and salted. Having a clear and safe walkway is not only essential for minimizing the risk of injury when potential buyers come through, but it will also make your home look well-kept and give the impression that the property is well taken care of.

Diffuse Fresh Scents

To keep the cold out and the warmth in, we seal up the windows and get the heat going. But without the circulation of fresh air, home interiors can start to smell musty and unappealing. To make your home smell fresh and inviting, diffuse some essential oils or add some orange peel and cinnamon to a pot of water and simmer it on the stove to create a fresh, citrusy, wintery scent. Try to avoid commercial air fresheners as these can be overbearing and may give off the impression that you’re trying to mask certain odours.

Keep it Warm

When showing your home to potential buyers, you want it to feel like a warm, cozy blanket when people walk inside. Remember, you’re looking to create an environment where visitors feel comfortable and at home. So don’t forget to turn up the heat to make it extra toasty (without turning the place into a sauna), especially on those very frosty nights.

Be Strategic with Holiday Decorations

Strategically placing holiday decorations around your home can be a great way to add more warmth, colour, and excitement to just about any room. Just make sure you don’t go overboard - balance is key! Sometimes, too many colourful features can look cluttered and overwhelming. Use a cohesive colour scheme or a  neutral pallet with a touch of gold, silver, red and green. 

Light the Fireplace

If you have a fireplace, don’t let it go to waste! Keeping the fireplace lit during showings is the perfect way to add a layer of warmth and comfort, making future buyers feel right at home. Take advantage of this desirable asset to entice potential buyers and showcase the focal selling feature. If you don’t have a fireplace, don’t worry! There are many other ways to create a warm ambience and give off cozy vibes whether using candles, fuzzy blankets, big pillows or other warm light fixtures.

Winterize Your Outdoor Decor

There are many ways to spruce up your outdoor decor to stay in line with the winter season. A few great outdoor additions that never lose their charm is hanging a big wreath on your front door and placing winter planters on your porch. This little bit of extra greenery will give your property that extra touch you’re looking for.

Place Down a Sizeable Mat for Shoes

To keep your floors protected from the salt and messy snow that come with Ottawa winters, place down a sizeable mat for potential buyers to wipe and take off their shoes. Remember, first impressions are important, and a successful first impression begins at your front door. Try to keep your front entrance as neat and tidy as possible.

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