Undoubtedly, the spring and summer are the busiest months for real estate. Not only are more people selling, but plenty are buying as well. Sometimes, though, your house might still be sitting once the kids go back to school. Or, perhaps, you need to move last minute and need to sell the home now instead of waiting until the spring.
Either way, we’re here to tell you that you can sell your home during the fall. Just because spring is the busy time, that’s not to say you can’t take advantage of placing your house on the market during the fall.
In fact, there are many pros to doing so. For one, autumn buyers will likely want to make the final purchase before the holiday season begins. Plus, those looking for homes to buy in the autumn are likely to be more desperate, with fewer homes on the market.
But, as with any component of buying and selling, you need a solid strategy. You want to take advantage of fall buyers, not turn them away.
Below are 5 tips that will help you successfully list your home in the fall and have it sold before winter.
Take advantage of autumn for curb appeal.
Curb appeal is an essential selling point for any home on the market. However, when the grass begins to fade and all the pretty blossoms lose their color, it can be hard to do so. The fall season brings about new challenges for keeping curb appeal at the forefront.
The changing colors of the leaves make a great natural landscape around your home. Just be sure to keep the yard and walkways clear of fallen leaves. Potted seasonal flowers along the walkway, steps, or front door are also a great way to add curb appeal to your home.
Take advantage of the season by placing a festive wreath on the front door. Adding pumpkins and gourds to the steps or around the front door is another great way to add to the appearance of an inviting home that’s also seasonally appropriate.
Don’t overdo it.
Adding a few autumn touches will instantly draw attention from buyers. Just make sure you don’t overdo it with the decorations.
While you want to play on the season, adding too many pumpkins, scarecrows, or holiday decorations distracts potential buyers from the appearance of the home.
Rather than creating a ghoulish, Halloween-inspired house, turn to tasteful, small touches that leave a lasting impression. Perhaps you want to show off your holiday spirit with a festive wreath. New lights or a spotlight will highlight that great wreath while bringing attention to the front door – without overdoing it.
Create a cozy home.
For many people, the fall brings about feelings of warmth, family time, and the return of the holiday season. Play on this in your home so potential buyers can picture themselves hosting holidays and spending cozy winter nights in the house.
Make sure you change the bedding to create a warm, relaxing appearance in the bedrooms. Thick quilts and luxuriously soft blankets will do the trick. Scented candles or air fresheners that give off pumpkin pie or apple cinnamon will remind buyers of the upcoming holiday season.
Brighten up the home.
Since autumn days are shorter and darker, you have to work harder to ensure that your home looks bright and cheery. You might consider painting the outside with a fresh coat, if the exterior looks drab, to accentuate the seasonal flowers, gourds, and other décor.
As far as the interior, make sure to keep the blinds and curtain open to allow as much light into the rooms as possible. Ensure that all lights and lamps have bright, warm bulbs in them. For drab family rooms, add a couple of throw pillows in hues such as orange and gold to brighten it up.
Clean it up.
Lastly, always be sure to clean the house. Clutter on counters and in corners will distract buyers from envisioning their belongings there. Pick up all knickknacks, be sure all floors are vacuumed/swept, and make the home spic and span for all buyers who walk through.
Whether you’re looking to buy or sell this fall, believe us, it can be done! With over 28 years of experience in the real estate market, Janet strives to bring professionalism, quality, and knowledge to each client/agent relationship. For more information on the housing market in the Atlanta area, and your options this autumn, contact our team today.