In the past we’ve addressed the old wives’ tale that you should only sell a home in the spring. That’s like saying the only time to you should purchase a car in is in June or the only time you should seriously be in the market for a new pair of shoes is February! The fact is serious homebuyers are always looking, regardless of the time of year. Keep in mind, when buyers visit your home it’s imperative that you’ve done your homework. Yes, we understand it’s only August, but Autumn is literally right around the corner. If you plan on listing your house this fall you need to create a game plan now. Your real estate agent will be happy to provide some guidance on how to properly stage your house for all those fall buyers, or, you can get some tips in this week’s blog!
First Impressions Mean Everything
Before buyers even set foot in your home, you’ll need to impress them with the amazing curb appeal of your property. Bust out that rake, clear up as many of those brown patches of grass as possible and make sure your gutters are clear and free of debris. If you don’t have a pressure washer to hose down your vinyl siding, driveway and walkways, several home improvement stores will rent you one—and trust us—the investment is well worth the money!
It’s Fine To Decorate, But Don’t “Over Decorate”
Placing too many fall decorations around your house can distract potential buyers from the real selling points of the home. Maybe a few fall flower arrangements, perhaps a friendly scarecrow or even a bowl of seasonal fruit, but keep in mind, less is definitely more in this situation.
Neutral Colors Are The Way To Go
This particular tip is hugely beneficial regardless of the time of your home is listed. Just because you “Shy Cherry” or “Plum Paradise” (those are paint colors, btw!), in your living room doesn’t mean it’s everybody’s cup of tea. Remember, you’re trying to sell your home and you want prospective buyers to be able to imagine themselves living there. Neutral colors are always preferable to darks, pastels and loud colors.
The Nose Knows
When your buyers arrive for a walk through it’s a good idea to ensure they receive a familiar, seasonal scent. Pumpkin, Apple Pie and Cinnamon are all pleasant fragrances that coincide with the season. Scented candles featuring autumn flavors are very inexpensive and will give your house that cozy feel.
Come On Baby Light My Fire
If you have a fireplace in your home, show it off! Whether it’s a natural gas, propane or good old fashioned wood burning fireplace, buyers will appreciate the warmth provided and won’t be able to help but imagine picturing themselves cuddling up by the fire.