Depending on what market you live in, the fall can be be a prime time for selling your home. Unless you are in a situation where you have children in school that you could be disrupting, you will probably not have many obstacles to overcome for a move during this season.
Here are some tips to make your home as prepared as possible for the fall market.
As we transition from summer to fall season you will want to do as much as you can to make your home as ready as possible. Preparing for any potential hazards that can arise as winter approaches are wise ideas to tackle.
- Have your lawn mowed appropriately for the season.
- Sweep up walkways and gardens as well as clean gutters of leaves and debris.
- Sweep fireplaces and keep them clean and odorless.
- Keep entry ways clear of items that make it appear untidy.
- Wash outdoor space like decks and patios so they are free of any moss, mold or debris.
- Leave your outdoor furniture out and staged to show off the inviting space.
- Cut back trees of branches that may cause property damage.
- Buy a large doormat that is functional for when it is rainy.
Review your home’s exterior and see if it is welcoming. Consider paint even if just for the front door while adding a punch of color as you freshen things up. Buying some potted flowers or placing pumpkins near the doorway can add more color and life. Buyers will formulate their opinion of your home when they first arrive so making a great first impression is important. Avoid going overboard with seasonal decor, but add some so you give your home personality, warmth and are inviting for guests.
Make it Cozy
Appeal to all of the senses of those who will be touring your home. Warm it up literally with setting the right temperature and add the perfect ambiance with lighting. Days get shorter in the fall so keep your blinds and drapes open as much as possible. Be sure that you have the right lighting fixtures and bulbs that show off your home best for those evening showings.
Neutral colors are always optimal, but add in some color with accessories such as toss pillows, throw blankets or even a centerpiece for your dining table.
Finally, appealing to the sense of smell can entice buyers to stay and enjoy the home. You don’t want to have aromas that are too strong, but there is nothing wrong with the comforting scent of fresh baked cookies or apple pie to leave a great impression.