Selling your home is a project and it’s one that you need a plan for. If you are thinking about selling your home this fall, you might be wondering how you can get ahead of the competition and maybe even get it on the market more quickly.
Homes are sold year round and there are some seasons that are more popular to sell homes than others — for example, spring is typically a top real estate season.
Potential buyers may have more time to shop for homes in the spring and summer and may want to get settled in before school starts in the fall. In the fall, you may be dealing with what’s called a sellers’ market where there are not enough homes on the market to keep up with demand.
No matter what type of market you are dealing with, there are some tips to keep in mind as you get ready to sell your home in the fall season.
Get your yard in check
As the seasons change your yard goes through a transformation. Leaf drop is a signal of fall and when you are selling your home, you’ll need to keep it under control to avoid leaf piles from accumulating during home showings.
One way to get your yard ready is by having a tree trimming service in Brooksville pruning trees and shrubs. You’ll also want to stay on top of raking up leaves and clearing your walkways.
This is a task that you’ll need to monitor frequently when you have a stream of showings coming through your home. Helping your yard easily transition from summer to fall is essential, especially in the front yard, since this is the first area of your home that potential buyers will see.
Pay attention to curb appeal
Real estate agents call how the front of your home appears to buyers “curb appeal” and when you are selling your home — whether in fall or any other time of year, curb appeal really matters. Trimming back the plants in your yard is one aspect of curb appeal.
Other areas to focus on are making sure cracked walkways are repaired, and any bare areas of grass are filled in with mulch or other ground cover. Adding potted plants to your front door can create a pop of color, especially in fall when you may not want to start a major planting project. Painting your front door in a color like red, green, blue, or even yellow, can also give your home a bright touch as daylight hours decrease.
When you are showing your home in the fall, it’s possible that potential buyers may visit it when it’s already dark at the end of the day. To help show your home in the best way possible, you’ll want to make sure every room is well-lit, adding floor lamps or replacing light bulbs.
You can also remove heavy drapes to let in as much natural light as possible when you are showing your home before dark.
Make it cozy
Buyers want to feel comfortable in their new home and one way to increase your home’s appeal in fall is by creating a cozy, warm, and welcoming environment.
If you’re showing your home at night, your home should be well lit, but not overpowering. Putting lights on dimmers can help you turn up the light to show details, but keep it down to create a relaxing environment when potential buyers walk in. Candles can work well in bathrooms or living rooms, but be sure to pick unscented designs, because not everyone appreciates scented candles.
Updating home decor with fall colors, new pillows, or a blanket over a couch, can add to your home’s welcoming feel. Remember to keep holiday decor (like Halloween decorations) to a minimum, but adding seasonal decor like gourds, a bowl of apples, or other natural elements can work well.
Take pictures wisely
How you show your home online can be one of your best marketing strategies — as any real estate agent will tell you. With sunlight hours decreasing in fall, you want to be sure that you time your photoshoot during daylight hours when your home is looking its best.
You may also want to time the photo shoot before leaf drop so you can capture those fall colors on trees and shrubs around your home. Talk with your agent and photographer about possible times and be sure to plan ahead in case there’s a storm and you need to reschedule the photoshoot.
Getting a home ready to sell in fall follows similar steps to selling a home during other times of the year, with some extra considerations for the season. You’ll be on your way to finding the ideal buyer with a few updates.