If you are considering putting your house on the market within the next month or so, we have 10 tips that will help your property show its best and stand out from competition. The Fall real estate market is almost always a good one in our area. Fall in Kentucky is beautiful; the weather is typically great, leaves are changing and it is before the hustle of the holidays. If you would like to get your house on the market, give us a call, we have many options that will get your property the exposure it needs for a quick sale and higher sales price. You can also checkout the different service options we offer. We have For Sale by Owner, Flat Fee and Full Service Options that will save you money and time.
10 Tips for Selling Your House in the Fall
1. Embrace the Fall Season
Fall is such a fun and pretty time of year. The leaves are changing colors, there are pumpkins, mums and scarecrows. Be sure to take advantage of what is a lot of peoples favorite season. Just be sure to do this in a tasteful way and keep it to a minimum.
2. Price it Right
Getting the price right is one of the most important things when selling your house. While Fall is generally a busy season for real estate, Winter is not as busy. Pricing your house right in the beginning rather than overpricing it will get your property more showings and sold faster. The longer the property sits on the market, the more likely it is to get a stigma, which will make it harder to sell. This is especially true as winter comes.
3. Make Sure the House is Ready to Sell
A few repairs and improvements can go a long way when putting your house on the market. It will photograph better and show better. A well maintained home is even more appealing in the Fall because of the upcoming cooler weather and winter months. Buyers are not as likely to want to consider a fixer upper in the Fall.
4. Keep it Clean
Keeping your home clean is important in any season, but there are a few extra things to consider when selling your home in the Fall. Be sure to keep leaves cleaned up as much a possible. Porches, patios, sidewalks and decks should always be clear of leaves. Also clean up any dead plant and bushes in the landscaping. Planting mums and other fall plants can also help with curb appeal. Another way to help your home show its best is by cleaning windows, plus Fall is great time to do it with comfortable outside temperatures. A potential buyer may not comment on clean windows, but they will not be distracted by dirty ones and think about how they would have to clean them during the cooler weather months once moving in.
5. Be Prepared to Move
Of course we all want to move on a partly sunny, 75 degree day, but in reality that may not happen. When selling your home in the Fall you may move on a day just like that, but you may move on colder day. Be ready to move no matter what the weather is like. It will probably be better than moving on a hot and humid Kentucky day anyway!
6. Highlight Seasonal Pluses
Make the things stand out that you love most about your house in the Fall and Winter. Have the fireplace on if it is cool enough, or have the fireplace clean with logs placed ready for a fire. Organize and clean a playroom so that it shows a great space for indoor play during the cooler months. Be sure that basement family rooms, game rooms and theater rooms show well. These are all rooms that will be used more during the Fall & Winter months. If you have a tree that is beautiful autumn colors, be sure to open the blinds or curtains to a window that shows it off from inside of the house. Little things like this will go a long way in making your house show its best during the Fall.
7. Check the HVAC
Change the air filter, clean the vents and make sure that the heat works even if it is still too warm to use it. Having the HVAC serviced is a good idea also, and will insure that nothing unexpected will come up on the home inspection in regards to the HVAC system.
8. Turn the Lights on
This seems like such a simple thing, but can make a huge difference in how your house shows. Most importantly it makes your house more inviting and just “warms” it up. Shorter, darker, cooler days can result in your house not showing its best. Opening blinds, shutters & curtains and turning on lights throughout the house before a showing will really change the feel of your home. Landscape lighting can also be a good addition for added curb appeal and make your landscaping show up better. Bottom line the more warm light you can add the better.
9. Keep it Cozy
Potential buyers want to be able to picture themselves living in your house. Take advantage of this season and create a cozy space for them to tour. Set the thermostat to a comfortable temperature; looking at a cold house is distracting. Turn on lamps, add a fall colored throw and pillows to a chair or couch and fill your home with the aroma of fall. These little things will leave a lasting impression on potential buyers after they leave your home.
10. Be Flexible
Flexibility helps when selling your property during any season, but it is especially important this time of year when we have fewer hours of daylight. Everyone seems to be busy with work, back to school, sports & activities, etc. Showings may need to be scheduled later in the evening. It is important to be as flexible as possible and make sure your house is ready to show anytime. Being flexible for closing and moving dates are also important and makes it easier for everyone involved.