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Create a Cozy Home This Fall with These Staging Tips

by Joanne Hiller

If you are selling your home during the fall, it is important to keep its exterior well-maintained and create a welcoming, cozy atmosphere indoors. Here are some ways to ensure your home appeals to as many prospective buyers as possible.

Yard Work
Mow your lawn and remove leaves and debris. Weed, get rid of dead flowers and trim back all branches and foliage so that everything looks neat, clipped and in keeping with the season. Give your flower beds a splash of color by adding some plants that flower in the fall, such as chrysanthemums, coneflowers, and salvias.

A Perfect Porch
Place seasonal flowers in large pots on both sides of your front door. Give your front door a fresh coat of paint and hang up a wreath made from seasonal flowers and foliage. This will provide the perfect finishing touch for your entrance area.

Exterior Excellence
Is your home exterior clean and free from paint chips or does it need to be pressure-washed and re-painted? Make sure the windows are clean. Do not forget to remove leaves, foliage and other wind-blown material from your gutters on a regular basis.

Inviting Interior
Remove clutter from all surfaces each day and keep as many personal items as possible out of sight. This can be a challenge now that the children have gone back to school, so ensure that they put away their school work, backpacks, and other school-related items each evening.

Holiday Decor
Don't let Holiday decorations overpower your home. Prospective buyers may find it hard to look beyond the decorations and see your home's true features and advantages. 

Keep It Cozy
Create a warm, cozy atmosphere that will encourage people to fall in love with your home. Adjust the temperature on your thermostat before each viewing to ensure that your home is comfortable and welcoming.

Add Some Warmth
Another way to create an inviting atmosphere is to add touches of warmth to each room. Place a fleecy throw on the arm of a comfortable chair, pile sumptuous pillows on your bed, and display fluffy towels in the bathroom.

Seasonal Decorations
Add some well-chosen seasonal decorations, such as a small basket of pine cones, long twigs in a terracotta vase, or a bowl of cinnamon-spiced potpourri.

Smells Like Fall
Do not neglect the scent of your home. Air fresheners and scented candles in such fragrances as apple, cinnamon, and vanilla will give your home an appealing atmosphere

5 Hot Home Decor Trends for Fall

by Joanne Hiller

Hot Home Trends

The weather may be cooling, but there are plenty of hot trends in home décor this fall. If you’re looking for a complete overhaul, or just a new way to freshen up a room or two, this fall features trends for every taste. No matter what your budget, there’s a trend to fit. Whether you hire an interior designer for a professional update, or hit the flea markets for an on-trend item or two, home décor is hot this fall.

1. Heavy Metal
Metal is making a comeback with everything from brass bathtubs, to stainless steel table bases, to tin backsplashes. Metal wall art, tabletop objects and bold picture frames are simple ways to try this trend without making a big commitment. Be careful not to overload on metallic, but a pop of shine here and there can take a room from drab to dramatic.

2. Light Wood
Dark wood has taken center stage for years. This fall, the pendulum on this trend swings the other way and lighter wood is making a comeback. An easy entry into this trend is a light wood accent chair. Available everywhere from high-end home stores to garage sales, light wood is making its way back into homes across the country.

3. Brighten up With Blue
Blues are back for fall and the hottest shade is turquoise. It’s a bold choice, but when done right it can brighten any room. From an accent wall, to bedding, to small appliances, turquoise is everywhere. Go big and paint an entire room, or start small with throw pillows. No matter where you incorporate turquoise, you can’t go wrong with this trend.

4. Pantone’s Predictions
Every year Pantone®predicts the hottest color palette. This year the choices are bold, and incorporating pops of color here and there in your home is simple. Colors include Radiant Orchid, Royal Blue, Aluminum and Aurora Red to name a few. Using one, or several of Pantone’s predictions can bring warmth and vibrancy into your home this fall.

5. Softer Black and White
Black and white have always been home design staples. This fall, the trend is toward softening these two hues. In their purest form, black and white can both be bold choices, but softening either turns a room from shocking to soothing. Whether it’s on the walls, upholstering the sofa or accenting a bathroom, try a softer side of black and white.

Try one, or all of these trends this fall and transform your house into your dream home.

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Contact Information

Joanne Hiller
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
110 Island Way
Clearwater FL 33767
Fax: (727)446-2691