Selling Your Home In The Fall

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Selling your home in the fall is an especially good idea. The summer lull has passed when most people are on vacation or would rather enjoy the weather than house hunt, and the hectic winter holiday season has yet to begin. In fall, there is a strong second wave of buyer interest in properties, but you will still need to appropriately prepare your home for sale during this season. Here are some important tips for selling your home in the fall.

Use Spring and Fall Photos

Before autumn’s beautiful foliage colours your front lawn, try to get a nice photo of your property. This will show a potential buyer what your home looks like in other seasons so they get a better understanding of what type of home to expect all year round.

Be Proactive With Maintenance

It may be the wonderful time of the year where you need not use either your air conditioner or your heating system, but a potential buyer will be very interested if these work, especially if they will be buying in fall where the weather can turn very cold very quickly. If you check that all heating and cooling systems work before you have a showing, you will avoid any unfortunate hiccups when showing the property to potential buyers.

You Can Never Overdo Lighting

As fall progresses the daylight hours shorten. Very few potential home buyers like dark homes so ensure that every single light is on in your home when showing it. If you feel that adding an additional floor lamp or landscape lighting would illuminate important features of your home then it is certainly worth the investment.

Remember to be Flexible

Many people interested in buying a property have children and are looking to move them to a different school district. It is important to keep in mind that with children comes many extracurriculars that take up evening and weekend hours and can throw off a scheduled viewing or closing date. The more flexible you are with both of these during autumn, the easier it is for you to sell your home.

Decorate, but Don’t Go Crazy

While it is a great idea to tap into the autumnal atmosphere by planting some marigolds and chrysanthemums that bloom well into the season, some people are put off by religious or distracting decorations. So, while pumpkins dotted around your home will bring that wonderful seasonal spirit to your home, spraying spider webs across the house might not. Keep this in mind as the holiday season encroaches upon you.

In the same breath, it is important to highlight seasonal plusses that your home has. For example, if your home has a fireplace, now is the perfect time feature it as a focal point. On cold autumn days a reminder of the fireplace will make anyone feel cozy in your home. Additionally, if you live in a house and have a finished basement, showing off that feature to potential homebuyers will make them excited that their children will have somewhere to play when it gets too cold to play outside.

Believe it or not, selling your home in fall can be very easy, but it is important to remember to lean into the season and appreciate the pros and cons that come with it. I hope these tips help you in your sale!

(c. 2018 Elli Davis – The Elli Davis Team — Originally published on 26 September 2018 at www.ellidavis.com)
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