While Spring remains the peak real estate season and the best time of year to put your home on the market, it doesn’t mean that you cannot sell your home for a great price during Autumn.
While housing inventory may be lower during the Autumn season, it’s also true that buyers who are shopping during this time of year are more likely to be committed to purchasing a home and eager to make a deal.
What does this mean for sellers?
Regardless of the time of year you choose to sell your home, it’s important to highlight the best features of your property by creating a great first impression through decor, staging, cleaning, and decluttering.
Create a Warm & Welcoming First Impression
As the weather becomes colder, it’s more important than ever to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for potential buyers!
Make sure the yard is neat and manicured by mowing the lawn, raking leaves, picking up branches, and spreading fresh mulch to improve the look of your flower beds. Consider highlighting the entrance of your home by adding a seasonal wreath to the front door or filling planters with flowers, such as chrysanthemums.
As the Autumn season progresses and daylight hours diminish, sellers must work extra hard to create a bright atmosphere by highlighting natural light and adding light fixtures where necessary. Prior to each showing, open blinds and curtains to showcase all the natural light your home has to offer. Turn on all overhead lights and add lamps in areas that lack overhead lighting to ensure your living space is filled with light.
Use Neutral Paint Colors to Refresh Rooms
If your home is decorated with bold colors, it may be difficult for a potential buyer to envision their own furnishings inside the space. In addition, neutral paint colors reflect the most light, which is absolutely needed during the colder months of the year. Therefore, it’s important to refresh your home with a neutral color palette in order for your property to appeal to a wide range of buyers.
Clean & Declutter
Aside from cleaning all major surfaces of your home, it’s also important to declutter your space. If closets, shelves or cabinets are cluttered, it may lead potential buyers to believe the home lacks adequate storage space. Furthermore, decluttering prior to putting your home on the market will make the moving process easier, especially if you end up with a buyer that requests a quick closing.
Amplify the Coziness
As the leaves begin to fall and the temperature drops, sellers should consider creating a cozy environment for buyers.
If you have a gas or electric fireplace, turn it on prior to showing your home. Add seasonal decor items to your living space, including pillows, throw blankets, and candles. Create conversational seating arrangements so that a buyer can easily envision entertaining friends and family within your home.
Finally, leave a sweet treat for buyers to enjoy while touring your property. Hot cider, donuts, or pumpkin cookies will help your home stand out from the crowd!
If you’re hoping to sell your home during the Autumn season, these tips should get you started down the right path towards securing a great buyer and, most importantly, a strong offer!