If you have or are planning to put your home on the market this fall, then you know it’s stressful to think of everything you need to get done before doing so. And as we’ve mentioned before, Fall is not the most popular time to sell. So, we’ve compiled a list of things to consider putting on your to-do list to help get your house sold.
The Yard: Clean it up! A freshly cut and raked lawn is ever so appealing in the Fall. Don’t leave piles of old browning leaves and grass. You want the first impression to be clean and neat. Simple. Also, consider putting out a few pumpkins or mums for decoration that give a simple look of fall. Don’t go crazy and put scarecrows and blow up ghosts all over your yard, please just trust us!
The Windows: Summer and fall involves rain and pollen which our windows take on in the form of streaks and dust. It’s easy to ignore if you are looking out the windows every day. But go ahead and wash them. Buyers will likely notice if they are dirty, and you’ll probably feel a sense of brightness after you get them clean! It’s a win-win window situation.
The Fireplace: If you have a fireplace make sure it’s clean and in working order. If you don’t have a fireplace, dust off the air vents and heaters. Since buyers are looking at a home that they will likely spend this next winter in, they will be taking notice of the heating situation. Cobb web filled vents don’t exactly give the cozy warm feeling most buyers are looking for.
The Air System: Summer and fall can leave your air vents moist, dusty, and musty. Change the filters and get the duct work cleaned. Call up a professional and get the job done right. You want potential buyers breathing easy during their tour.
The Décor: If possible, pack away the clutter. Take down all the family artwork and photographs. Add in some simple, neutral fall decorations. It’s hard to imagine living in a home when it’s still filled with someone else’s personal items.
The Lighting: Double check that all lighting in the house is in working order. As the days get shorter, you want your home to shine bright through the darkness.
The Smells: Fall is a time of candles and treats. Don’t go overboard and burn a different scented candle in each room. Pick a focal point, like the kitchen or living room and add in a pleasant smelling candle, spray or plug-in. Or better yet, bake a batch of cookies, and leave them on the counter for your buyers and agent to enjoy (unless you tend to burn things, then skip the baking).
Selling a home can be a stressful, yet exciting time. We hope that this list eases the process a little bit for you. Keep calm, find a real estate agent you like, and get your home in selling condition. Until next time, happy home selling to you.