The fall real estate market is almost always a hot season. Home selling in autumn or fall is the second best time of the year to sell a home. Families have returned from summer vacations. Kids have gone back to school. The holidays aren’t yet upon us to slow down sales! In our part of this country with four seasons, we watch leaves change colors as for sale signs pop up.
Here are 10 tips for attracting home buyers in the fall:
Clean Up the Yard
Rake dead leaves and debris in your lawn. Don’t let overgrown vegetation block the windows or path to the entrance. Cutting bushes and tree limbs will let the sun inside and showcase the exterior of your home. Cut away summer vines and cut down dead flowers. Make the most of autumn weather in the fall real estate market.
Create Fall Curb Appeal
The most popular autumn flowers are chrysanthemums (or mums) and they bloom for a long time. Marigolds are also beautiful for fall. Both mums and marigolds are available in yellow which is a colour that pops from the road as driver as passing by checking out homes for sale!
You may want to plant them in pots and place on steps and along the sidewalk and for an added fall touch, accent with pumpkins.
Clean the Windows
Rain and wind from over the summer months can make your windows dusty and streaked by the tie fall rolls around. Remove screens and spray them down as well so your windows sparkle.
Replace Furnace Filters
You want the air inside your home to smell fresh. When was the last time you changed your furnace filter? Have the HVAC system checked before you need to turn on the heat as the buyer will ask a home inspector to look at your HVAC. If you discover problems with your furnace, it’s better to fix them before your home goes on the market.
Clean Out the Fireplace
Ah, nothing smells more like fall than smoke from a wood-burning fireplace. If the fireplace is filled with cobwebs because it hasn’t been used for months, vacuum it out and wash it down. If you have a gas fireplace, light it when buyers come through
Bring on the Fall Scents
Speaking of autumn scents, you might set out freshly baked pumpkin cupcakes or simmer hot apple cider on the stove. Put a tray of cinnamon sticks on the counter, dotted with whole cloves. One of my Prop open a cookbook to an autumn stew. Fill a bowl with crisp red apples.
Utilize Fall Accent Colors
Accessorize with bright red, orange or golden yellow pillows. Toss a quilt or autumn-colored throw over a chair. After you’ve cleared away the clutter and depersonalized each room, bring a little bit of autumn hues to each room by placing bold-colored accent pieces in odd groupings such as 3’s and 5’s. Create an autumn centerpiece for the dining room table by arranging pine cones and nuts around orange candles, stick in a few leaves from the yard.
Turn on the Lights Everywhere
Bring in the light. When days get shorter, the sun sets lower in the horizon and casts wider shadows. Pull up the blinds, open the shutters, push back the drapes on every window. Turn on every light in the house, including appliance lights and closet lights.
Offer Parting Treats to Potential Buyers
Potential buyers will feel more welcome if you leave them a gift like Fall treats, packets of candy corn or a snack-sized candy bars or even something as elaborate as a caramel apple, tied with a fall colour ribbon!
Making fall buyers feel welcome and at home is the key to selling a home in the fall. Everyone loves the colours of fall!