While Fall can have it’s challenges for listing your home for sale, it might also be the best time for sellers. Buyers are no longer following the old rule of purchasing their home before school starts and there are less homes being listed during the Fall. That means less homes on the market to compete against yours and a lot of buyers still looking to buy. However, even though this time of year might have it’s challenges for listing a home, it can still be a very lucrative time for those who do choose to overcome them.
Overcome the challenges of selling your house in the Fall with these five tips.
1. Hire A Professional Photographer ASAP.
Professional photography is always a good idea when listing your home for sale. In the Fall, have your professional real estate pictures taken as soon as possible. The earlier in the season they are taken, the better the natural light will be. The outside of your home will look better the earlier you take the photos as well.
2. Spend Time on Basic Home Maintenance.
Fall can really shine light on the challenges of your home. Leaks and drafts are more noticeable this time of year. It is important to spend some time on basic home maintenance before you list your house. Seal drafty windows, clean out your fireplace, dust and vacuum the heaters throughout the home, install draft stops at the bottom of doors- just to name a few items.
3. Create Autumn Curb Appeal
Curb appeal is important when you are selling your home, no matter what time of year. Make sure to get your yard cleaned up so that it looks it’s best for showings. Keep the lawn mowed, pull weeds, and rack up any leaves that make they way into your yard. Adding fresh mulch to garden beds can do wonders for giving your yard an attractive look.
4. Turn On The Lights. Everywhere.
When selling your home in the Summer or Spring, you have the advantage of natural light on your side. In the Fall, you are not as lucky. To make sure that your house feels bright and inviting, you will want turn on lights everywhere in your home. Go around your house and make sure to replace any burnt out or dim lightbulbs with new bright ones to create the illusion of daylight.
5. Create A Welcoming Environment.
The seasonal atmosphere in Fall makes everything feel warm and welcoming. Use this to your advantage. Utilize Fall accent colors throughout your home with coordinating throws and accent pillows. Have Fall scents burning during showings. Just don’t over do it on seasonal décor. Create a warm and welcoming home, so potential buyers can easily envision it as a friendly, welcoming space for family and friends.
While selling in the Fall might have it’s challenges, with a little prep, this could be the perfect time for you to sell. Now turn on some lights, seal up those drafty windows, and get that home listed!