Autumn is one of the best times to sell your house. Children are back to school and things are pretty settled and “normal” until the holidays hit in a few months. Already-motivated agents are even more inspired by the prospect of finishing up some last-quarter sales before year’s end.
There are ways to prepare your home for sale in the Fall that can speed up the process of attracting the right buyer.
Keep it Neat: Cubbies, closets and mindfulness are important. As family members shed jackets, hats, gloves and backpacks, make sure they put them neatly away in their proper places. Keep study areas tidy, not sprawled with notebooks, paper and gel pens.
Curb Appeal: Fall plantings, fresh mulch, trimmed hedges and a thatched lawn create appeal and communicate that the landscape is well cared for and held to a high standard. Keep the lawn clear of leaves, remove dead or dying plants, and consider pruning trees near windows to let more light into your home.
Exterior Motive: The outside of the home should look as fresh as the inside. Windows should be clear of the dust and grime of summer. Exterior trim should be freshly painted, shutters firmly secured, gutters and downspouts intact, and any missing or damaged shakes or siding should be addressed.
Decorate with Seasonal Colors: Throw pillows, bedding, curtains, towels are all easy to swap out to create an autumnal look and feel. If you have a foyer, add a beautiful floral arrangement that reflects the season. A bowl of apples in the kitchen, a centerpiece of colorful leaves, fresh-cut logs on the hearth all add a seasonal flair.
Seal the deal: Make sure drafty windows are repaired, replaced or sealed. Buyers will note a change in temperature as they move through the house, and may consider this a mark against the house.
Fire it up: Don’t hesitate to warm the buyer’s heart by starting a fire in the fireplace. If yours is woodburning, have it inspected and cleaned before listing the home to make sure it is properly ventilated and clear of obstruction.
Lighten up: It gets dark early in the autumn; turn on the lights to make your home feel brighter and more cheerful.
Treat or Treat – Leave treats for your prospective buyers - pumpkin muffins, apple fritters or tartlets, zucchini bread – to make them feel welcome and help them feel at home.
The Fall is a busy and competitive time in which to sell a home. Taking time to clean off the dust and grit of summer and embrace the colors, scents and flora of the season can turn your property into a standout that attracts agents, buyers and offers way ahead of the competition.