Six Autumn Homeselling Tips
You may think that autumn isn’t the best time to showcase your home, but you’d be wrong. Yes, fall days are shorter, with fewer hours of daylight for buyers to see your home. There may be many days of grey skies, rain, or early snowfall.
But autumn has a unique appeal that’s all its own. You can look forward to gathering with friends and loved ones by a crackling fire, play football or soccer in the front yard, or walk on the beach without all the tourists. Most important, autumn homebuyers are motivated; they want to move in before winter or the new school semester in January.
Here are six tips for selling your home during the changing season.
Say welcome with fall decorations.
One nice thing about fall décor is that you can put out pumpkins, gourds, scarecrows, and mums now, and they’ll last through Thanksgiving. Put a nice new welcome mat out with a fall motif for buyers to wipe their feet, and if it’s been raining or snowing, provide booties that can be slipped on over shoes so mud isn’t brought into your home.
Air out your home. As the weather cools, you may tend to shut windows and doors, but closed homes tend to hold odors. Make sure you open the windows for an occasional airing. Run the kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans after cooking and in the bathrooms after every bath and shower.
Keep the lights on. We already know there’s less sunlight in the fall and winter, so leave lights on for showings. It won’t hurt to pump up the wattage in areas you really want buyers to see details, such as kitchens and baths. Open the drapes and keep windows as clean as possible for showings.
Cut out clutter. When your household spends more time indoors, it’s natural for clutter to accumulate, but too much can have a smothering effect on buyers. Take special care to put coats and all-weather boots away. Keep a basket in every room so you and the family can do a five-minute cleanup before showings. Store the baskets under the bed or some other place out of sight.
Stage your home for the season. Ask your Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network professional for ideas but consider these few pointers to make your home cozy, toasty and inviting. If you have a fireplace, turn it on, but keep flames low. Stage sofa seating with a comfy Fair Isle throw or a modern quilt. Put some big fluffy pillows on the floor. Boil some apple cider with cinnamon, and let the delicious aroma waft through the house. Make a beautiful wreath for the front door out of the gorgeous gold and red leaves that have fallen in your neighborhood.
Tout the neighborhood. Wherever your home is, it’s part of a community. Show it off! If your neighborhood offers a bike path, playground or community center, list them for the buyer in a feature sheet and include pictures for your buyer’s album. Create a map to add to your feature sheet that shows how quickly the buyer can get to various amenities like the nearest grocery store, train stop, and other services.
You can bring out the cozy best in your home by showing buyers that this is a great place to make pleasant memories.