There is nothing like lounging on a patio, enjoying the long lazy days of summer with a cold drink in your hand. However, when summer transitions into fall, the sounds of children playing in the yard, and sidewalks full of happy couples strolling through the neighbourhood become a memory. In their place, you may find your thoughts to be full of back to school shopping, carpooling to sporting events, and re-organizing your sweater collection. Many sellers are faced with myths about selling in the fall real estate market. In an effort to bring you peace of mind, we have put together some useful tips to help sell your home.
1.) When Summer is Over, Why Bother with Curb Appeal?
It seems like summer comes to a screeching halt, but that doesn’t mean the exterior of your home has to suffer. Make sure your fall curb appeal is exactly where it needs to be. Ensure walkways and gutters are free of leaves and debris, and your lawn is always mowed. With the unexpected weather brought on by the fall months, keeping your trees neatly trimmed will ensure fallen branches don’t make your yard appear messy and unkempt.
2.) People Spend More Time Indoors, So Focus Your Attention There
Just because fall doesn’t have the heat of the summer, doesn’t mean people stay indoors. Some people enjoy spending time outdoors in the fall to enjoy the beauty of the changing leaves and the crisp fall air has to offer. Attract potential buyers by making your house feel more like a home by celebrating the season with seasonal home décor around the holidays.
3.) The Weather is Cold, and So is Your Home
When summer inevitably comes to an end, the first sign will be the plummeting temperatures outdoors. Just because it’s cooler outdoors doesn’t mean your home décor needs to reflect that! Consider a fresh coat of paint in a warmer shade, and don’t be afraid to bring the temperature up a couple degrees to make your guests feel comfortable. If you don’t want to make a large change, a few additions like cozy pillows or throws can go a long way to show the comfort of your home during the cooler months.
4.) The Price Doesn’t Have to be Quite Right
Pricing your home incorrectly is the biggest mistake you can make when selling in the fall. It is important to work with a real estate professional; choose the right one for you. The Gould Team will help ensure your home is priced correctly for the fall market.
5.) Once It Sells, You’re Done!
The paper’s are signed, and the deal is done, so all you have to do is pack up and move, right? Not quite! Everyone is very busy leading up to the holidays, which means you may have issues finding time to pack, a company to help you move, or even family and friends who would normally be able to lend a helping hand. To eliminate these issues, plan ahead! Make sure your moving date is scheduled firm in everyone’s calendar, and plan ahead to ensure you aren’t left without a solution if someone is forced to back out. A stress free move will make a world of difference in the first couple days in your new home.
Now that you know the common myths about the fall real estate market, you can tackle these small projects in preparation for the fall season, and ensure the iconic red, white, and blue for sale sign is standing proudly on your lawn.
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