If you’re hoping to sell before the end of the year, the falling leaves let us know that the clock is ticking.
Winter weather conditions, the holidays, and less for sale inventory and houses to choose from are some of the reasons why buyers might decide to stall the search if they don’t find a match before New Year’s.
If you’re looking to sell, fall can be an amazing time to do so, with less competition and motivated buyers.
Keep a buyer’s visit to your house memorable with some fall staging tips and help them to decide that yours is the one to put an offer on.
Curb appeal is a top priority, no matter the season that you’re selling in. In the fall, though, it gets a bit tougher as the weather changes to keep up with the yard maintenance than it might have been over the summer. Your flower beds and their blooms have probably passed by now, so get some color back into the yard with some mums or pumpkins for the front porch.
A few leaves here and there won’t deter from a buyer’s impression of your house, however, keeping up with the leaves as they fall will become a priority. As we move into peak season, your goal is to have buyers to continue to appreciate your house and its yard, not the piles of leaves to rake. As shrubs and trees become dormant, the condition of your siding or the paint on your house will become more visible, so power washing and touching up the paint may be necessary.
Keep your fall and Halloween decorations tasteful and to a minimum, with no need to go overboard. A simple fall wreath, some mums, or a few pumpkins will give the buyers an idea of how they may decorate when they own the house. Too much can be a turn off and simply look cluttered.
After a scorching summer, many look forward to fall and the “coziness” of the season. Highlight how cozy your home is by putting some wood in the fireplace, so it looks as if it’s ready to light. Include an afghan throw draped over the back of the couch and put out some unlit decorative candles.
Leave some cookies or apple cider donuts or pumpkin muffins (or some other seasonal treat), along with some cocoa or coffee for buyers to snack on while they’re there. The longer they linger, the more opportunity they’ll have to visualize themselves owning your home.
As the days get shorter, it becomes very important that your home looks bright, no matter the time of day. Make sure that you have blinds open and all the lights turned on during showings.
Regardless the season, your home should always look bright, sparkling clean, well maintained and spacious when it’s on the market.
Utilizing the fall season and impressions of a “cozy” home will serve well the seller looking to find the buyer for their home.