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Monday, October 8, 2018

Selling Your Home in the Fall


Fall is a prime time to put your house on the market. Summer is through, and so are the beach vacations and family travels. Kids are back in school, and the business of holidays hasn’t yet occupied your mind. With a bit of breathing room, Autumn is the perfect time to put your house on the market.  For some helpful tips on preparing your house for a sale, consider these handy fall-time pointers. Here’s what we recommend.

Go Beyond Spring Cleaning

Sure, spring’s a great time to get things in order. But so is fall – especially if prospective buyers will be touring the home. Now’s the time to get your house in tip-top shape. Start by cleaning up the yard to give a tidy look to the place. If leaves are scattered across the lawn, break out the rake and do some serious cleaning here.

Trim back overgrown plants and vegetation, and make sure tree limbs aren’t climbing over windows and blocking light. By getting rid of dead flowers and foliage your home will look well-kept and appealing to buyers.

Cleaning the inside of your home is equally important, so make sure to rid of clutter and clean all floors, countertops, and bathrooms. It’s especially important to clean and showcase your fireplace during this cozy season. Sweep and clean away old cobwebs and turn on gas fireplaces or light candles in its interior to create a warm and welcoming feel. In some states, it’s illegal to burn wood certain days of the week, so make sure you abide by local fireplace rules when using it as a focal point of attention.

Next, take a good look at your windows. Can you see your reflection? Or is dust and grime fogging them up? If the latter is true, you’re going to need to do a good scrub down and make all windows nice and shiny. You’d be surprised how much of a difference having clean windows makes when trying to see your home. The will look new and well taken care of, which is appealing to buyers. 

Make the Most of Fall Decorations

Once things are clean, the fun part begins – decorating. Use Autumn colors and accents to add some seasonal cheer to living and dining room spaces. Quits and throws with orange, yellow, and red colors are a nice touch and make communal spaces warm and cozy. Autumn centerpieces made of pinecones, nuts, and orange candles look great on dining or coffee tables. Plus, you can easily make these decorations yourself! 

And let’s not forget about all the wonderful smells that accompany the fall season. Autumn scents like pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and apple pie evoke feelings of being with the family for the holidays. Baking a pie or adding a bowl of crisp, red apples to the table is a good way to remind buyers of the wonderful things that happen in the home during the fall season. And they can nibble on these morsels while touring the place.

Lighten the Mood

This time of the year sees less light, so it’s a good idea to turn on all lights in the home before people stop by. Pull up the drapes and let as much light as possible flood into your space. There’s no room for shadows at house showings, and all lamps and warm lighting should be used. Lastly, lighten the mood with some relaxing music. There’s an art to showing a home and turning up the tunes (as long as they're appropriate) is always a good idea.

The fall is a great time to put a house on the market, and with these tips and tricks, you’ll sell your home in no time. Just remember to create a bit of festive fun by using all the season has to offer.


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