The fall season can actually be a great time to be selling a home. If you decide that you want to sell your home during the fall, it is important that you understand what it takes to get it done.
Create Autumn Curb Appeal
The most popular autumn flowers are chrysanthemums (or mums), and they bloom for a long time. Marigolds are another idea for fall. Both mums and marigolds are available in yellow, which is my number one home selling color. Plant them in pots. Place pots on the steps and along the sidewalk. Accent with pumpkins or other types of squash.
Price Your Property to Sell
Use neighborhood comps (also called CMAs) and your agent’s expertise to find the right list price for your home, keeping in mind that your pricing strategy may vary in the fall versus the spring. You should not expect a multiple-offer situation that drives the price up above the asking, so make sure you’re comfortable with the list price. Don’t feel obligated to accept low-ball offers.
Keep Up Basic Maintenance
Check window seals and doors for drafts. A drafty window is most noticeable on a cold day, so take extra efforts to weather seal and insulate around windows and doors. Have the furnace or boiler maintained prior to putting your house on the market. Be a step ahead by having your maintenance team leave a sticker or magnet marking the date of the last inspection to add peace of mind for buyers. Swap out the HVAC filter to help reduce any odors or fall allergens in the home. Check for spiderwebs – everywhere.
Don’t Forget About Staging
While fall is optimal for selling your house and therefore grants many advantages, don’t get lazy about its presentation. Staging is essential, and you should avail yourself to every tip for making your home look good in the fall season. Concentrate on aromas. Smell in the fall is a big factor for buyers. A popular way to make your home smell good is by baking a cake or pie. Since you’re selling your home in the fall, consider baking an apple or pumpkin pie. It makes a big difference.
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