Making a House Feel Like Home
After touring a handful of beautifully staged homes this afternoon with a new buyer-client, there was just something missing in the first two. And it wasn't until we got to the last one that we realized what it was.
I'm not talking about homey decor and warm colors on the wall. I'm talking about heat.
It was forty degrees in our area today and the first two homes we visited were great, but appeared to be vacant, yet staged. All the staging in the world isn't going to make a home sell when the buyers are shivering inside. Especially if you've asked them to remove their shoes and the hardwood flooring throughout is turning their toes to icicles.
When your home is on the market, and you are no longer living in it, it is tempting to become miserly with the thermostat. If you want a buyer to feel at home in your house, leave it at a warm, inviting temperature. Nothing tropical. At least around 70 degrees.