Staging for Fall


Seasonal staging is an invitation inside and adds to curb appeal. If selling in the fall, common elements are corn stocks, small hay bales, pumpkins, gourds and mums in a myriad of colors. Using artificial pumpkins and gourds avoids the mess and smell of decomposition and can be reused later in your new home. Large craft stores are a good source. Remember to consider the color of your exterior and realize understatement rather than flamboyance is key which means avoiding inflatables, lighted skeletons, etc.

As you transition from September to October, add small touches of Halloween such as hanging spiders or a witch’s hat. Remove them for Thanksgiving and add a fall colored leaf wreath or a swatch of fall colored plaid fabric on a bale. Small touches inside such as a cornucopia filled with artificial fruits and vegetables, decorated candlesticks, or a small plate of decorated Fall, Halloween or Thanksgiving sugar cookies adds a light touch.

While houses often sell quickly, taking photos before decorating seasonally keeps your posted photos relevant should your house be on the market during seasonal transitions.