Tips for selling your home in the fall
Many sellers wrongly dismiss fall as as a good time to list their home for sale, and while spring and summer are usually recognized as the best seasons to list, selling your home in autumn has many advantages.
Historically speaking, inventory is much lower once the cooler temps arrive, driving up demand for available homes. Despite the fact that the kids are all back in school, research shows that buyer demand is still strong during autumn.
Ready to sell your home this fall? Here are some tips that will help “pumpkin spice” up your spaces!
Create autumn curb appeal
There are a few important curb appeal jobs that should be completed when getting your home ready for the market in the Fall. Raking leaves, removing loose sticks, weeding flower beds, trimming bushes and shrubs, and aerating the lawn are all great tasks to complete to make sure your yard looks well maintained.
Once you’ve done all the dirty work, you can move on to creating that fall farmhouse look by accenting your porch with pumpkins, colorful wreaths and flower pots. Stay away from Halloween decorations such as cobwebs and inflatable displays as they can look tacky and make it hard for buyers to envision your home in other seasons.
Keep it warm and cozy
Be sure to check your HVAC system before it comes time to turn on the heater. Not only will this ensure that you and your family have heat once the temperatures drop, but your buyer will be asking the home inspector to look at your HVAC system before they make an offer.
In these cooler months, buyers are more likely to pay attention to other winterized aspects of your home like whether or not the windows in your house are insulated and if the fireplace is functioning.
Get ahead of the game by considering a pre-listing inspection to rule out any potential red flags before you list your home for sale.
Appeal to buyers’ senses
A warm and cozy atmosphere will make a big difference to buyers during the cooler months. During open houses, fill your home with natural aromas of fall spices. Offer freshly-baked pumpkin goodies or apple cider for visitors.
Accenting your furniture with plush blankets and throw pillows will immediately add an element of warmth and comfort. Light your fireplace and make it to be the centerpiece of the room, allowing the potential buyers to visualize themselves relaxing and unwinding in the home.
Utilize autumn accent colors
A fresh coat of paint is always a great way to revitalize your home’s interiors, no matter what time of year you decide to sell. For the fall, stick to rich, yet neutral shades that make your space feel warm and inviting.
Try out caramels, creams, or browns on your walls and then add pops of color throughout with dark red and orange accessories.
Let there be light
As the days get shorter and daylight wears thin, it is important to make sure you keep your house bright throughout the day. Bring in floor lamps, brighter bulbs, and even landscape lighting for showings later in the day.
Landscape lighting can make your home shine even after the sun goes down by illuminating all it’s best features. Mirrors are also a great way to capture light and project it into darker corners. Placing a mirror on the opposite wall as a window will bring the natural light and fall foliage into your space. Mirrors have the ability to brighten up a room, creating additional luminosity and depth.