5 tips for getting your house ready to sell in the Fall:
Fall can be a very good time to sell your house; often better than summer and spring. Fall is the time of year when people get settled back into their routine after a long summer of holidays; no school for the kids and trying to take in every ounce of sunshine we can. Homes can show very well in the Fall, if the proper care is put into the preparation of getting the house ready to list. Here are 5 tips to maximize the way your house shows during these Fall months.
1. Make them want to come in
As we enjoy the changing colours of the leaves and the morning frost sparkling on the grass, we also need to remember that those leaves fall to the ground and into our gutters. Taking care of your exterior maintenance is going to be key in listing your house in the fall. Nobody likes pulling up to a house that has moldy leaves in bunches on the ground, gutters over flowing and rotten apples everywhere. This is the first thing potential buyers are going to see when they pull up in front of your house and it's very important to make sure you present your yard and exterior well.
2. Organize your summer stuff
Its that time of year when we stop doing the bike rides and skate boarding and we can't leave our lawn furniture out over night so we just throw it in the garage and hope the door closes before the piles fall over and everything falls out. Take the time and organize your storage spaces. Hang the bikes up, wrap the hoses up, clean out the lawn mower so it doesn’t stink up the garage and make your storage space clean. This is so important as potential buyers want to know they can fit in the space you're selling. If a buyer doesn’t think their stuff will fit, then they'll be instantly turned off from buying this house.
3. Keep it running smoothly
As the temperatures drop and we turn the furnace back on, its important to make sure everything is running smoothly and has been properly maintained. It's a good idea to get the furnace ducts cleaned, because all the summer dust is sitting there waiting to be blown all through your house. In addition, go check out the furnace filter and humidifier filter to make sure they are clean and ready to perform again. Go through and check all the windows and doors and make sure the weather stripping is in place and there are no drafts coming through and if you have an A/C unit make sure the cover goes on.
4. Keep it cozy
I know this may seem like a small thing, but its so nice when it's cold outside to walk into a nice warm home. Bring out the throw blankets and pumpkin spice smells and turn on the lights. Make the potential buyer want to snuggle up on the couch and never leave. Keep the temp between 20-22deg because although its nice to come into a warm house, its not nice to come into a hot house and get over heated.
5. Showcase Fall!
The home is a very special place in fall and winter. Its the escape from the cold outdoors and if you listened to point #4, then it's warm as well. Embrace it! Take down the beach pictures and all the summer colours and bring out the pumpkins and yellowed leaf displays! Put away the flip flops and summer coats and fill your closets with winter coats and boots. Staging your house for the season can be fun and it allows the buyers to feel comfortable and imagine what it's like living there all year round.
Now more than ever, buyers are wanting to be able to walk into a house thats "move in ready" and needs little to no work. With spending a little time we can make them feel right at home and wonder how fast they can get you out of here. We have an amazing team that assist you in prepping your house to sell, and can give helpful guidance with making your house feel like a home in Fall. Feel free to reach out anytime if you have questions.