Six Top Tips for Selling a House in Fall
September 12, 2016
September 12, 2016
Many people may tell you that houses sell faster in the spring and summer months—and market data tends to support that assertion—but properly priced, well-prepared homes will sell in any season. The key to selling your home in the autumn is making sure you stage and prepare your home for autumn-minded buyers by shifting your staging and selling focus to aspects of the house that are most important in the colder months:
- Tune Up Furnaces Early. Chilly showings and open houses may require turning on the heater, but unused heating units often have a noticeable smell when used for the first few times each season. Regular furnace inspections and tune-ups not only help eliminate unwanted furnace odors, but increase efficiency and improve the life of your HVAC system.
- Light it Up. Turn on lights inside the house to chase away “autumn gloom” before potential buyers arrive for a showing, and make sure all the lights are on before an open house. Cheerful, bright spaces sell best in the winter months.
- Rake The Yard. Autumn leaves are lovely on the trees, but not when they’re littering the yard. Lawn and landscape maintenance are even more important when you’re listing a home for sale in the autumn months.
- Decorate Your Home For Fall. Pumpkins, autumn flowers, and cheerful harvest or fall-themed decorations can increase your home’s appeal to potential buyers. Welcoming wreaths, plump orange pumpkins, and other decorative touches make your house look welcoming when buyers arrive.
- Price it Right. Overpriced homes sell more slowly in any season, but especially at times when the market doesn’t move as quickly. After the end of the spring and summer selling season, overpriced houses languish on the market, but well-priced properties continue to sell.
- Focus Your Ads on Seasonally-Appropriate Features. Swimming pools are less attractive in the chilly winter months, but fireplaces, updated heating systems, and renovated kitchens are great selling points for autumn buyers. Without ignoring important features like updated baths and swimming pools, focus your advertising on the features buyers are thinking about right now.
Even though the summer home-selling season is almost over, it’s not too late to sell your home this year. Focus your efforts on making your house attractive to autumn buyers, price it well, and you may “fall” right into the perfect sale.
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