Six Tips For Selling Your Home in The Fall
You recently decided to sell your home. It happens to be coming up to the tail end of the year. What do you need to take into consideration to take advantage of one of the most festive seasons? In this post, we’ll cover the pros and cons of selling your home in the fall, plus we’ll provide some tips on how to best take advantage of fall for your listing. With that, let’s get into it!
Pros of selling your home in the Fall
Besides the fact that for many parts of the country, the blistering summer is over, there are several benefits for everyone who wants to sell their home in the fall.
The weather is beautiful.
For much of the midwest, fall colors are the most beautiful part of the year. This enables homeowners to showcase the natural beauty of their house and neighborhood, which makes it more attractive for prospective buyers.
It’s still light outside.
In the fall, the summer heat has cooled off but the sun doesn’t set too early yet. This is the perfect window to take advantage of showing off your backyard or front porch.
The timing can be useful for closing.
Additionally, when December rolls around, people are in holiday mode. They need to get gifts for the grandkids, worry about not double booking holiday parties, and make sure they don’t gain 100 pounds while they are at it. Due to all of these reasons, buyers have an incentive to buy sooner—i.e, in the fall.
Downsides of selling your home in the fall
Although there are tons of good reasons to sell your home in the fall, it’s important to know some of the downsides of it as well.
There are fewer buyers.
There may be fewer buyers at this point, because those with families likely found homes before school starts. Families will be hesitant to move their kids to a new district in the middle of a school year. Households with kids operate on the school year, so they’ll likely be most interested in buying a house from the end of spring through the end of summer.
The curb appeal lowers as time passes.
As fall goes through its cycle, more leaves will fall and will make the curb appeal of your neighborhood less attractive. When there are fall colors out curb appeal is at its peak, but as it gets closer to December many of the leaves go from lighting up the trees to lying on the street.
The most popular time for finding a home is summer, although you already know that fall has unique advantages that make it attractive to sell in the fall as well.
Top fall tips
With all of that, you’re reading this because you want tips on how to sell your home in the Fall. Here are 6 top tips to help you close the deal, with the Fall season being your sidekick.
Take care of your leaves
Expect leaves all around your house and neighborhood from September onwards. Have a rake handy; depending on where you live, you may need a leaf blower. Make sure you are scanning your property before every open house or viewing, and at least once a week, to make sure the fall leaves aren’t obstructing the natural beauty of your home.
Dress your home in seasonal colors
Most people get into the fall spirit, so if you have festive decorations or fun Halloween props stored in the attic, it might be time to break them out. If you really want to take things to the next level for any potential buyers that visit, get something pumpkin-spiced or apple-flavored baking to send scents through the house.
Use the beautiful season to your advantage.
As mentioned, people don’t want to buy a home in the middle of the holiday season. You can use this to your advantage. Know that home buyers are eager to do a deal before winter. Additionally, there generally isn't as much competition in local markets in the fall, as the busy season comes at the end of the summer. Due to this, these buyers know that there aren’t a ton of other options, which gives them a sense of FOMO (fear of missing out).
Keep it seasonal outside too.
Instead of having flowers in your lawn, use pumpkins or pots of flowers to add to the seasonal vibe. Inside, have autumn-themed blankets and decor to keep them consistent from outside to inside. Lastly, make sure that your house windows are open during the day to take advantage of the natural sun. At night, keep your lawn lit as much as you can to continue to bring out the fall colors at all hours of the day.
Fix up your dirty windows.
The rain and dust from the summer months can leave dirty residue on your windows, whether you notice it or not. Wipe down your windows to get them shining again, and even stage the windows with pots and more fall colors. It may look like a small difference but any little smudge could subconsciously turn off a buyer, and you want your house shining as much as it can.
Clean up the fireplace.
Chances are, you didn’t use the fireplace in the summer. If you want to have a nice fire during the fall or winter months, you’ll want to proactively clean the chimney and fireplace before you use it for the first time. Before you turn it on in front of prospective buyers, you’ll want to check for yourself to make sure it doesn’t blow out smoke and is clean.
Sell that home!
Regardless of the season, your goal is to sell your home at the best deal you can find. You can’t rely on autumn tips to get you there—our tips may just add a tiny advantage that seals the deal for a buyer.
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