We are out of the busy spring and summer housing markets and you may think that means you shouldn’t try to sell your house now. Don’t assume that to be correct. Depending on your real estate goals, fall can be a great time to sell your home.
To start with, home inventory often starts to drop off as we reach the fall season. Many sellers don’t want their home listed around the holidays so as listings expire, they are unlikely to extend the listing since the holidays are just around the corner. The lower inventory can mean your home gets much more attention than it would during Spring and Summer. Also depending on the demographics in your market, many buyers don’t want to move during the school year if they have kids, so they aren’t looking at homes now. The buyers that are shopping now are serious and motivated, so you are more likely to see an offer from the showings you have if your home is in good condition and priced appropriately.
Here are some easy tips that will ensure your home looks its best this fall.
- Maximize lighting, both indoors and out
As the days get shorter, outdoor lighting becomes more important if you want to do things outside later in the day. Fall is when many stores place their solar lighting on clearance. This can mean you can make a nice upgrade to your property with a low investment and attract some good attention from buyers interested in your home. Solar lighting makes a nice statement and can used to line your walkways, driveway, showoff trees and enhance your entrance. Utilize your hard-wired exterior lighting fixtures as well. Show off your house, even at night. Potential buyers don’t stop looking for their future home just because it is starting to get darker earlier. Leave your outdoor lights on at night until you go to bed while your home is listed so someone driving by could see your home better. An attractive peak at night will likely encourage them to come back for a showing during the day.
Maximize your interior lighting by opening all shades and blinds prior to all showings. Also, turn on all lights, both overhead and lamps. Buyers are looking for light and bright and need to be able to see the space they may call home.
A well-maintained yard is pivotal in the initial reaction of a potential home buyer. Do not ignore your driveways, walkways, or flower beds. Remove all dead flowers, plants, and bushes and add a fresh layer of mulch to your beds. The outside of your home is the first area that a buyer will see. They will have an immediate reaction to what they see and you want that first impression to be good. As the leaves start to fall, take care of them quickly so your yard looks nice as much as possible.
- Add seasonal color to your home
Color attracts the eye and grabs people’s attention. It isn’t winter yet so there are still lots of options to add color to your home inside and out. Pumpkins, mums and other fall plants will be attractive and inviting so use them to help your home stand out.
As you are thinking about when is the right time to sell your home, give me a call and let’s discuss how you can reach your real estate goals with my help no matter what the season. I will be happy to go over any questions you may have and help you determine your home’s value.
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