Those who would like to sell their property during fall should keep a number of things in mind. First, this is one of the busiest times of year, as it is the season when students return to school and families begin preparing for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Therefore, selling your property during this time takes a bit of finesse.
Spice Up Your Home’s Exterior
If you’re planning to sell an older property with an exterior that looks a bit worn, you will want to update it. This can be done cost effectively by adding a new coat of paint (warm colors are best for autumn), as well as plants which are in season along with pumpkins. This will make your home stand out from others which will immediately make it attractive to potential buyers. However, it is easy to overdo it with the decorations, which will distract from the house, so focus on quality over quantity, so that the few decorations out there can look striking and meaningful.
Make Sure The House Is Clean
Many areas during autumn will transition from a market which favors sellers to one which favors buyers. Therefore, it is in your best interest to make sure you do all that is necessary to ensure the property is in pristine condition. Clutter should be removed, and you should consider various safety hazards for the upcoming winter months. Debris and leaves should be cleaned out of walkways, the yard and gutters, and the lawn should be mowed so it looks sharp.
Fall and winter tends to be rainy in some places, which means you don’t want visitors or family members to be bring in a lot of mud from outside on the bottom of their shoes, so place a quality doormat in a spot that allows visitors to clean their shoes prior to entering. Make sure the decks and windows are cleaned so they shine, and if you have a fireplace be sure to give it a good cleaning especially if it hasn’t been used in a while. Oftentimes it is the little things that will have the greatest impact on potential buyers when they come to view your house.
Make Sure Your Home’s Interior Is Inviting
Temperatures in the northern hemisphere tend to drop during fall, and it will make a bad first impression on visitors if your house is cold when they enter. Therefore, keep the house warm, setting the thermostat to a temperature that isn’t too high or low. You should also consider the type of lighting you use, particularly when the days become shorter. During the day you can keep the curtains or blinds open so the home is illuminated by natural light. During the evening, you want to make sure the home is well lit, which includes the walkways and entrances so potential property buyers will find it easier to get around.