Fall is a wonderful time of year to sell your home. Families have returned from summer vacations, school is in session and we are still several weeks away from the holiday entertaining seasons. However, it's around this time that most people begin thinking about cooking a Thanksgiving turkey, festive dinners and hosting houseguests for the Christmas holidays.
Don't wait another day, get your house up for sale and make the most of the season. The turning leaves make any yard look beautiful, the weather is more comfortable for walking through the neighbourhood and your home is probably in great shape after a summer of yard work and DIY projects. The perfect buyer is probably out walking their dog down your street as your read this. So in an effort to make sure that you have taken care of all the details, here are a few areas to double check before you list your home.
Light It Up. This past summer was a particularly strange season for weather. Rain and wind can make your windows dusty and streaked by September. You might not notice less than sparkling windows, but chances are, potential buyers will notice. To make the best first impression and hopefully sell your house right away, your windows need to be clean and streak free on the inside and out. Above all, bring in the light. Open the shutters, curtains and blinds, on every window. Natural light is the best way to highlight your homes best features and project an open livable space.
Autumn Scents. It's a well known fact that Fall is the most pleasantly smelling season. Pumpkin and Apple pies, carved pumpkins, apple cider, crisp falling leaves, warm bread, cinnamon and vanilla scented candles...mmmm...pick your favourite and add a touch of that scent somewhere in your home. Just be careful not to overdo it, one candle or basket of fresh apples is probably enough, you don't want to overpower visitors, just make them feel cozy and comfortable.
Class Up Your Yard. Rake dead leaves or branches around your lawn, throw out any potted plants that are past their prime. This is the best time to prune some of your bushes and trees, and trimming them will let sun inside your windows while providing buyers a better look at the exterior of your home. Autumn flowers tend to come in the fall colours and will compliment any trees you have around your yard. Place potted plants and seasonal pumpkins on the front step and along the sidewalk.
Check the HVAC. You want the air inside your home to smell fresh and clean. When was the last time you changed your furnace filter? You can buy 90-day furnace filters. Anyone looking to make you an offer will want a home inspector to look at the HVAC, so have the system checked before you need to turn on the heat. If you discover problems with your furnace now, it will be better to fix them before your home goes on the market.
Make the most of every opportunity to clear out the clutter inside and outside of your home, highlight and draw attention to the best features of your property and take subtle step to help visitors visualize themselves living in your home. Connecting prospective buyers emotionally to your home is more than half the battle when trying to sell your house.