Summer may rule when it comes to buying and selling residential real estate, but Fall is the second busiest time of year for home sales! Fewer homes are on the market than in summer, but buyers tend to be a little more serious as they look toward the holidays as a moving deadline. If you're looking to sell this fall, here are some tips.
Freshen Up Your Curb Appeal
Paint or stain your front door with a new contrasting color to help it stand out. Add seasonal plants near the doorway and weed your existing landscaping to make sure that visitors have a clean first impression of the home.
Create a Good First Impression
Remove any personal touches - calendars, family photos, names on children's walls, to allow prospective buyers a chance to envision themselves in the home. Pack unnecessary items early to help the house stay clutter free and figure out easy places to store what's out in case of a last minute showing.
Set The Right Price
This is a touchy subject. When you've spent years in a home, your perception of it's worth may be tied to emotions. Listen to your real estate agent when it comes to finding the right price for your home. Buyers are looking for best value and your agent will have their finger on the pulse of the market to help you find a good balance.
Concentrate on Cozy
If you're selling in cooler weather, take steps to enhance the cozy feel of your home. Throw blankets, warm colors, and switching out home decor items can help achieve a cozier feel. Add accessories around the fire place to draw the eye. Use fall-scented candles and air fresheners just before a showing to keep that cozy fall feel in the minds of your buyers.