Tips on Autumn Listings and Open Houses
It’s Fall. The magical time of the year when the leaves change, football and postseason baseball arrives, and the weather starts to take the dip into cooler temps after a hot summer. It’s also the time the kids go back to school and you start planning for the holidays. For you, it could also be time for another change: selling your home.
When selling your home, you should use the Fall to your advantage. To do that, here are a few tips to help you use this season to help sell your house.
Use seasonal colors
As we all know, the colors associated with fall are brown, orange, and yellow. You can also use deep purples and darker reds. Find some throw pillows and toss them on your bed and sofa. Also find blankets or a comforter and utilize them. Put out decorations, such as a centerpiece for your dining table. Set the scene for prospective buyers. Make them feel at home and comfortable.
Take care of your yard
Fall also means the leaves changing and falling. You need to keep ahead of this and make sure your lawn is not overwhelmed by fallen leaves and other debris. Those colors of those changing leaves are beautiful, but not beautiful enough to allow your yard to appear neglected. Rake up the leaves. Take the trimmer to your bushes. Make your house pop among the neighborhood. This could make the sell all by itself.
Summer has been hard on your house. You need to go through the home with care and take care of any and all maintenance needs. Most importantly, you need to focus on the A/C unit and ensure the filter is new. If your home has a chimney, you should also clean it out. It’ll also help in your home’s appeal to have your fireplace going on a chilly day. Finally, if you wonder if you need to take care of another maintenance issue, go ahead and do it. It’ll only help.
Along with taking care of maintenance issues, you need to clean your home. Again, summer has been hard on it. Clean the carpets. Wipe the windows. Dust everywhere. Make sure you get into every nook and cranny and don’t stop until it shines like new. Buyers will be turned off if they arrive at a home that looks like the owner didn’t care about it. To them, if the owner didn’t care about cleaning it, what else didn’t they care about in the house? It can make all the difference.
Now, we don’t mean in regards to your mood. We mean turn on lights in your house. One of the drawbacks of Fall is the days grow shorter and darkness falls earlier. When people come to view your house, make sure all the lights are on. Don’t leave anything in darkness. It’ll help the potential buyers see all the great things about your home without having to squint. If you have a naturally dark room, use spotlights and even consider rearranging the furniture to allow more light.
Feed your guests
We aren’t talking about a three course Thanksgiving meal, but consider putting out food for the potential buyers. In October, leave out Halloween candy they can grab on their way in or out. In November, consider leaving a few pieces of pie on your kitchen for the buyers to enjoy. Viewing houses is time consuming and they could be hungry by the time they get to your house. Leaving them little treats could sway them toward your house.
As you get ready to sell your house in the Fall, follow these tips. They can make a big difference. At the end of the day, every action you can take to improve your home will also improve your chances at selling it quickly and for the price you want. Its why you’re selling to begin with, why hamper yourself?