Are you looking to put your home on the market? There’s no doubt you’ve been working to determine whether it’s best to put your home up now or wait until the peak selling season of spring. While there are pros and cons to both times of the year, there are some great things about selling your home in the fall. Whatever the season, it shouldn’t be discouraging if you’re ready to commit to a sale.
If you decide to work towards a closing sale during the fall, do some of the following in order to prepare your home for its showings and potential new owners.
Keep It Warm
Make sure your home is prepared for what the fall and winter have to offer. A poorly insulated home won’t do well on the market, especially if it’s in competition with homes that are better equipped to handle the cold. If your home is noticeably drafty and ill-prepared for the upcoming season, it’s likely to lose most of its appeal on this factor alone.
Keeping a home warm during a viewing is both literal and figurative. When hosting an open house, spruce up your home with seasonal decorations (Fruit bows, fall flower arrangements, wreaths, etc.) and a fire in the fireplace, if you have one. You may even go so far as to have seasonal foods and beverages available to those coming in for showings. If you’re not keen on baking, you can light candles that smell like fresh-baked goods or scents that align with the season.
Freshen The Interior Paint
Although this is a suggestion for any season, it can be especially helpful for the cooler months of the year. A fresh coat of paint is an inexpensive way to add value to a home and make it more appealing to buyers. A neutral color that’s naturally warm can do wonders for a room during the colder months of a year.
Keep Rooms Well Lit
Make sure that your home’s lighting is bright and welcoming. Try to incorporate as much natural light as you can by opening the blinds and by placing an adequate amount of fixtures around a room.
Remember That Curb Appeal Is Essential Year-Round
Take care of the exterior chores for your home that are best done in the fall. This includes things like cleaning the gutters and clearing your home’s exterior of dirt and debris. Pay attention to your yard as well, as things tend to get out of control, fast. Rake up fallen leaves and keep the lawn well mowed. Try your best to keep brown patches of grass at bay, although this can be difficult during this time of year. A few simple chores like the above can have a major impact on your home’s curb appeal.
List It for The Right Price
The price of a home fluctuates depending on the time of year and how things are selling on the market. And while the market is hottest during the springtime and into summer, this doesn’t mean you won’t be able to get a fair price on your home during the fall. As a home seller you’ll have less competition on the market in the colder months and will be working with people who are serious about buying. Another advantage is that houses listed during the fall and winter tend to move off the market faster. If you feel as though this is the right time to sell for you, don’t hesitate.