October 22, 2018 | Karri Bedor

Tips for selling your home in the fall

Fall is a hit or miss season for local housing markets, but interestingly enough a few trends carry over from the summer months. In the same way young families often move in summer, fall movers tend to be of an older generation that’s finally decided to make a permanent snowbird migration.

Fall home maintenance checklist to prepare for cooling temperatures

  • Keep your yard clean of scattered branches and sticks, and rake up any falling leaves.
  • Inspect your central heating system. Be proactive about making sure your central heating system is in good working order for the buyers of your home.
  • Touch up peeling or cracked paint on the home’s exterior while temperatures are mild.
  • Unclog gutters with any fallen leaves or debris, and make sure the roof is still in good shape before your buyers arrive.


Fall curb appeal tips that aren’t over the top

  • Paint your front door a bold color. You could go for a bright pumpkin orange to match the season if you’re feeling festive. Most importantly, pick a color scheme that’s either monochromatic, analogous, contrasting or complementary using the color wheel. You’ll also want to choose something in harmony with your exterior, landscaping, and neighborhood feel.
  • Plant  fall mums around your front walkway or step in the gorgeous autumn shades of deep burgundy, burnt orange or golden yellow.

Fall house showing tips to make your home feel warm and inviting

  • Although fall varies greatly by region, adding in a few  DIY festive decorations can make a big difference in the appeal of your home if you’re in a region that experiences a true crisp, sunny autumn. Throw a flannel blanket by the fireplace, leave out a pumpkin spice candle (unlit) for ambiance during showings, and even hang some dried corn husks from the front door.
  • Put a fire in the fireplace with your agent’s supervision (have them be in charge of turning it off and on) to give buyers the warm and fuzzies. If that’s not logistically feasible, at least highlight the fireplace with fall foliage decor and a clean mantel.
Another pro tip for selling your house in the fall? Make sure your marketing materials reflect the season. Summer pictures of a fall listing will only serve to make your buyer think the home has been sitting on the market for months.
Real estate agent Jami Harichof Stafford, Maryland always advises her clients to take current photos.
Harich, who ranks #1 of nearly 500 local agents says, “Decorate for the season—if you’re taking photos and end up selling the home later, then you should retake them so people don’t get the idea that the house is just sitting there.”

This blog was written by Homelight.


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