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    Whether you’re prepping for an open house or getting ready for a listing’s photoshoot, great staging can make all the difference.

    In fact, according to a report from the National Association of REALTORS®, 49% of buyer’s agents say good staging actually increases how much a buyer offers on a home — in some cases, as much as 20% or more.

    Fortunately, staging doesn’t have to be a huge (nor expensive) affair. Want to stage your listing without breaking the bank? Try these simple yet seasonal fall touches.

    1. Add some pumpkins or gourds out front.

    You don’t have to go all Halloween-y with it, but a few gourds in different shapes, colors, and sizes can add a nice autumnal touch to your entryway.

    2. Work in wood.

    If you can find ways to integrate wood into your decor, that can make it feel more autumnal, too. Wood coasters, plate runners, vases, candlestick holders — even the smallest touches can make a difference in the ambiance of a space. Adding a few pine cones here and there can achieve a similar effect.

    3. Swap your hand towels.

    Ditch the bright colors of spring and summer, and swap in hands towels (both in the kitchen and the restrooms) with a more rustic feel to them. Burnt oranges, deep reds, and light tans and browns are a good choice when staging this time of year.

    4. Update your pillows and throw blankets, too.

    You can also take the same approach in living areas. Change out your current throw pillows for more natural-toned ones, and maybe add a pop of orange or red if it fits the furnishings. You can also swap your throw blankets for something more seasonal — a thick, cable-knit blanket or maybe a cozy afghan in fall hues.

    5. Create a seasonal tablescape.

    Use fall-toned placemats or a table runner, and add a centerpiece incorporating orange, red, and yellow foliage. Wheat stalks and corn husks can also be nice additions to a tablescape this season.

    6. Add new artwork.

    Swap the family photos on the mantel and kids’ artwork on the walls for more seasonal pieces. They can be fall landscapes, abstract paintings in autumnal hues, or even fitting quotes or sayings. You can usually find affordable options at your local thrift shop or craft store.

    Fall home staging

    Focusing on small, seasonal touches is a great way to transform a home without breaking the bank (or putting in a whole ton of work). Want more help marketing and selling your listings? Try these tips for creating great listing videos and descriptions.

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