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When it comes to selling a home, nothing gives you more bang for your buck than staging. We’ve talked about staging before. Check out this article if you’d like to know the basics about staging.

But here’s the bottom line: staging helps people imagine themselves living in the home. It magically transforms an empty, soulless shell into a “move-in ready” dream home. And, if you’re still living in your home while waiting to sell it, staging respectfully removes your personality from the home so that people can see themselves (not you) living there.

Whenever you can get people to lust after your home, you’ve done your job and you’re that much closer to sold.

But, should you stage to meet the seasons? I say, yes! And the exclamation point is necessary. You’ll see what I mean below. I’ve broken down what you should do to stage your home for every season of the year. Let’s take a look:

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Spring

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Spring is when everything comes back to life. The snow is melting, hibernating animals are shaking off sleep, colors are more vibrant, and the air is fresh with new possibilities—so, why does your home still look like the ghost of Christmas past?

Embrace the season by doing the following:

Plant colorful flowers to attract attention. There’s something so mesmerizing about a flower-lined pathway. Make it happen—now’s the time to do it. You can pick up inexpensive flowers at your local big box store that can be planted in a matter of minutes. Their impact is huge. It creates a more friendly atmosphere and gives off the impression that your home is well cared for.

Don’t just stop at the lawn. Add window boxes and plant flowers there, too. Adorning your home with flowers is another way to acknowledge the bountiful beauty of spring. Plus, window boxes are relatively cheap. You can make them yourself or buy the non-permanent ones that you can pick up and take with you when you move out.

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Get rid of the weeds and dead plants as part of your outdoor spring cleaning. Nothing says “the owners have checked out” quite like overgrown weeds and dead plants.

But you don’t have to go out and spray poison on your lawn thereby killing your grass, too. If you’ve got vinegar, it’ll do the trick. Here’s a quick recipe to help you get rid of those unsightly weeds once and for all.

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Do you have any cracks in your concrete path or driveway? Cracks happen a lot during the winter because of the constant freeze and thaw. So, are you stuck with cracks in your concrete? You can actually repair it with a concrete crack seal like Quikrete. It can be done in less than an hour and instantly improve the look of your home.

Summer

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It’s summertime. Time to relax and enjoy spending time outdoors with your friends and family. Does your home scream, “I’m the fun house”? Everyone wants to have the fun house. It’s the type of house that’s perfect for entertaining a crowd, whether that’s a family barbecue or a kid’s sleepover.

If you’re appealing to this type of buyer, you’ve got to set your home up to look the part. Here’s how:

Focus on the backyard. It’s summertime. Time to live outdoors. Transform your patio, deck, and backyard into a second living space. You can also designate purposes for the space.

Stage with outdoor furniture, such as a sectional and a dining table. Then, complete the look with accessories. Add place settings at the dining table, complete with placemats, dishes, utensils, and glasses. Be sure to take photos (professional photos are best). I’ll explain why later.

Trim hedges and bushes. Don’t let your house hide behind excess greenery. People want to know what they’re getting. Take the time to prune, cut away, and get rid of any element that obscures your home from getting seen by potential buyers.

Take care of your lawn. During the summertime, don’t let your grass grow wild. Be sure to mow the lawn regularly. And water it, too. If you see any sparse areas, plant grass seeds. A little lawn TLC can woo a buyer.

While you’re caring for your lawn, corral outdoor toys, too. A few toys can really clutter up the joint.

Power wash like a pro. Take the time to pressure wash your deck, patio, and front porch. Don’t forget to wash the siding, sidewalk, and driveway, too. Pretty much, power wash everything.

Not only does power washing beautify your home, it also kills icky mold and mildew that could potentially come between you and a sale. Check out these benefits of power-washing.

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Light the path. Line your path and driveway with lights to create an ambient glow leading up to your home. Take advantage of the longer daylight hours and use cost effective solar lights.

Autumn

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Decorated with glorious gold and reddish hues, autumn is all about family, food, and festival. The delectable scent of pumpkin pie and cinnamon wafts through the air. It’s the time of year to celebrate fun traditions like Halloween and family togetherness with Thanksgiving. Everything this time of year seems much more captivating.

Mirror the season in your home for sale. Here’s how:

Bring in the light as much as possible. Raise the blinds, open the curtains, and turn on every light in the home. Well lit rooms seem bigger and are much more inviting. Light also gets rid of spooky shadows in the corners.

Create cozy vignettes. Bring in the fall colors (traditionally red, yellow, and gold) in your decor. Repeat these colors in your accents. Add fall-toned pillows or blankets to your seating areas.

In the dining room, add a festive cornucopia centerpiece. Create a dry-leaf floral arrangement with all the brilliant hues of fall.

Outdoors, add a pumpkin or two, but don’t go overboard and turn your front lawn into a pumpkin patch. Minimalism is key.

Speaking of outdoors, be sure to rake leaves promptly. Take every opportunity to show off your home in a good light.

Winter

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Although the weather outside is frightful, your home looks so delightful. Is there anything more charming than the sight of smoke bellowing from the chimney? You can also create a graceful, inviting atmosphere that successfully sells your home all while honoring your traditions and faith. Here’s how:

Light up your home. It’s dark outside, but it shouldn’t be dark inside. Open the curtains to allow as much natural light to flow in as possible. In the evenings (we all know it gets dark early!), be sure to turn on the lights in every room of your home during show time. You can also light the fireplace for added coziness.

If you’re into candles, go with the battery-operated kind. Real candles = fire hazard. Don’t let that happen to you.

Outside, use a timer to turn on the exterior lights because you may forget otherwise.

Add color with winter flowers. Just because it’s the dead of winter doesn’t mean you can’t bring color to your lawn and front door. Poinsettias are bountiful in winter, vividly-hued, and season-appropriate. They’re also inexpensive, too.

Pick up a couple of poinsettias from your local big box store, and anchor them on either side of your front door for a pleasant look. Make sure to bring them inside at night, though.

You can also introduce color through a wreath.

To Christmas tree or not to Christmas tree? I say go for it, but keep it tasteful and low key. Remember: you’re selling the house, not your family traditions. Sometimes, too much festivity can clutter the space visually. When it doubt, err on the side of simplicity. Hopefully, your next Christmas will be in your next home.

Speaking of Christmas, take down Christmas decorations and lights promptly. Shoot for the first week of January, if not before.

Outside, keep the pathways clear. Shovel away snow and de-ice sidewalks to create a smooth and obstacle free path to your home.

Be sure to include photos of your home during the summer months. This helps buyers who are viewing your home in the winter to see what it may be like in the summer, without snow covering all of its beautiful features.

Put a door mat inside too. Winter weather is wet—discourage muddy boots from entering your freshly cleaned and staged home. Put down an extra door mat inside the home as a gentle reminder to wipe feet.

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Staging your home is always recommended—no matter what time of year it is. But, based on the season, there are a few different festive touches you can incorporate to add to the overall charm and appeal of your home. Use this post as your guide, and your home will be welcoming and season-appropriate in no time!