When you’re selling a home, it’s tough to know exactly when is the right time, but selling your home in Autumn definitely has its advantages. This decision relies on many factors and situations that homeowners may find themselves in. For example, relocating for jobs, or the contracted closing dates with the house you’re moving to, usually make the decision for you and takes the guessing out of the game. With that being said, if you are in a lower-pressure situation, and are considering selling relatively soon, I must admit that the fall real estate market is almost always a great time to sell. Home selling in autumn or fall is one of the best times of the year to sell a home (setting aside the glorious landscapes for now); families have returned from summer vacations, kids have gone back to school, the holidays aren’t yet upon us – though they will be very soon.
Take this time to watch the leaves burst in vibrant colours and appreciate that these natural beauties make your property look like a dream. In the fall season, people are generally happier and more relaxed as the temperature begins to drop – let’s explore my 8 tips on how to attract the autumn home buyers…before it gets too cold!
LANDSCAPE CLEAN UP
- Make sure you rake the fallen leaves and debris in your lawn on a regular basis.
- Don’t let overgrown shrubbery block the windows or path to the entrance.
- Cutting bushes and tree limbs will let the sun inside and showcase the exterior of your home.
DON’T FORGET THE MUMS
- Seasonal curb appeal is very important to buyers (or any guests to your home).
- Invest in some chrysanthemums (mums) and place them strategically. Mums are great because they bloom for a long time.
- You can also be strategic in the colour you choose. I would recommend yellow, which is an inviting, joyful, warm colour. Make sure you plant them in pots.
- Place pots on the steps and along the pathway leading to the front door.
- Accent your display with pumpkins or other types of festive gourds.
- Your windows may have collected dust and streaks from rain and wind over the summer months. You might not notice smudges, but buyers will. Make sure you wash them before letting any potential-buyer through.
- If you have pets, you may want to “spot-check” every now and then as pets have a tendency to get up close and personal to windows.
- Take it a step further and remove all the screens and spray them down – can’t hurt!
SO FRESH AND SO CLEAN
- Have the HVAC system checked before you need to turn on the heat.
- When was the last time you changed your furnace filter? Exactly.
- The buyer will ask a home inspector to look at your HVAC, so if you discover problems with your furnace, it’s better to fix them before your home goes on the market.
- You want to breathe the cleanest air possible, right? This will benefit everyone and will earn you extra points.
BURN, BURN, BURN
- Have a wood-burning fireplace? Awesome! There’s nothing quite like the smell in fall. Have a fire the night before a showing to ensure that rustic, “homey” feeling we all long for.
- Don’t forget to clean up the leftover soot.
- If you have a gas fireplace, light it when buyers come through.
- If the fireplace is filled with cobwebs because it hasn’t been used for months, vacuum it out and wash it down.
- Placing knickknacks in the fireplace in place of wood logs, is also a nice decorative touch.
- Fireplaces are great selling features, do whatever you’re comfortable with BUT make sure to accentuate them during the showings.
DO YOU SMELL THAT?
- Consider setting out freshly baked pumpkin cupcakes or simmer hot apple cider on the stove.
- Put a tray of cinnamon sticks on the counter or fill a bowl with crisp red apples.
- Embrace the autumn scents. Period.
COLOURS OF THE WIND
- There are many ways to bring life back to some older furniture, accessorize with bright red, orange and/or golden yellow pillows or toss a quilt or autumn-coloured throw over a chair.
- Create an autumn centerpiece for the kitchen and dining room tables.
TURN ON THE LIGHTS
- Bring in the light. Pull up the blinds, open the shutters, push back the drapes on every window.
- Turn on every light in the house, including appliance lights and closet lights.
Spring is often seen as the most popular season to buy and sell a home, but fall can be just as productive for both buyers and sellers. Often the lower amount of traffic on both ends can mean better opportunities. Feel free to contact me today whether you are thinking of buying or selling and we can take advantage of all the benefits of this beautiful season! For some other tips on selling your home check out my post 5 Things to Prepare Your Home for a Sale.