Selling your home in the fall is one of the best times of the year to sell. Temperatures are decreasing and potential buyers are looking to be settled before the holidays. There are some simple ways you can increase your chances of selling your home in the fall.
Curb Appeal in the Fall
There are many ways to help out your home’s curb appeal, but some are particularly important in the fall.
Spruce up the Yard
Nature can be stunning in the fall, but it can also leave dead leaves and flowers all over your yard. It is time to rake up those leave and dig up or cut back the plants that have already died. Trim trees of some of that summer growth to really showcase the exterior of your home.
Even if your trees have not yet turned in color or if you live in an area that doesn’t have beautiful fall foliage, you can still highlight the colors of the season. Mums are readily available in most every grocery store, nursery, home improvement store and more this time of year! The bloom in beautiful fall colors and stay blooming for quite a while. Grab a few to plant in pots around your front door or along your sidewalk or even to put in flower beds. You can easily accent with pumpkins and other interesting squash, for even more color. If left uncarved, they will last longer and be less likely to produce an unpleasant smell.
Make Those Windows Shine
After spring and summer’s pollen and dust and dirt, autumn is the perfect time to shine those windows up. Clean them inside and out and remove your screens for a thorough wash. Sparkling windows will not only increase curb appeal. It will allow more light into your home and allow it to show much better.
Staging for Selling Your Home in the Fall
Set Up the Fireplace
If you live here in Houston with us, you know lighting the fireplace for showings in fall may be out of the question. However, cleaning it up and making sure it is inviting and ready for some new homeowners this Winter is essential in staging your home. If you don’t have logs in your fireplace or have a wood-burning fireplace, you may want to consider arranging decorative items in the space. This can transform an awkward empty space into a visually pleasing feature.
Use Autumn Colors to Accent
Just using a few autumn-inspired accents can make a difference in selling your home in the fall. Replace your throw pillows with some bringing reds and oranges into the space. Toss a throw neatly over the back of a couch or chair that brings the colors of fall from the outdoors inside. Try to avoid any specific holiday themes, so as not to exclude any potential buyers. But the colors of nature of the season can be most inviting.
Turn on the Lights
Autumn is the time when days are shorter and the sun sees less time in our skies. Counteract any gloom by using light in your home. Turn on overhead lights and lamps and all possible sources of light in the home. Raise blinds (because remember, those windows are sparkling clean), and push back drapes to allow any natural light in. Light will allow the home to show better and be more welcoming.
Use Fall Scents
Do not overwhelm the home with scents. However, simmering apple cider on the stove or preparing pumpkin cupcakes or muffins for a potential buyer will leave the home smelling of fall and inviting a buyer in for a warm welcome.
Selling your home in the fall can be a successful effort if you put the work in. Preparing your home in a way that highlights the wonderful features of the season will greatly increase your chances of selling your home in the fall.