Fall is a wonderful season to experience, especially here in the metro St. Louis region. The leaves turn vivid shades of gold, red, and orange; pumpkins can be found placed decoratively on front porches, and the beautiful, chilly weather is just perfect for fall festivals, adventurous weekend getaways, or home football games.
Autumn is also the 2nd best time of the year to sell a home. The holidays aren’t upon us yet, the weather is gorgeous, and the autumnal lighting can really lend a hand in displaying one’s home in the best, well, light.
There is, however, an art to selling a home in the fall. Follow these 8 tips below to help you attract those autumn homebuyers to your home!
Keep Your Yard Neat – Fall leaves are really great to admire while they remain on the trees, but they’re all of a sudden a lot less fun when we have to rake them up. Be sure to take the time and put the effort into raking up the dead leaves, sticks, and debris from your yard, and don’t let overgrown vegetation block the paths to the entrance or any windows. Additionally, cut back any bushes and tree limbs that might be in the way; this will let the sun peek a bit more inside and bathe the exterior of your home in golden light.
Create Autumn Curb Appeal – Autumn brings a lot of very beautiful vegetation with it, so take advantage of the fall flowers while you can! Plant golden mums, marigolds, and chrysanthemums in pots on the steps outside or along the sidewalk. After all, yellow is a home-selling color! Accent these flowers with gourds and pumpkins to complete the look.
Treat the Windows – Your windows take quite a beating in the summer months; the summer rains, winds, and storms wind up leaving your windows streaked with dust come fall. You might notice the streaks and smudges on your windows, but buyers certainly will. Your windows need to shine if you’re trying to sell your home, so remove those screens and clean them up!
Show Your HVAC Some Love – When was the last time you changed your furnace filters? Take some time before the fall weather really kicks in to change it and to check your heater. You’ll get fresh, clean air circulating in your home, and you’ll be able to fix any issues your furnace might have before it gets too cold. Remember, the buyer will ask a home inspector to check out the HVAC, so make sure it’s in proper working condition!
Clean Out the Fireplace – No one likes to see a dusty fireplace full of cobwebs, so clean out that fireplace if you have one! Vacuum it out, wash it down, and decorate the mantle with fun fall knickknacks and pumpkins. If you have a gas fireplace, feel free to light it when buyers come through. They’ll enjoy the cozy atmosphere that you’ve created in your home (and will never want to leave!).
Use Autumn Accent Colors – Liven up your furniture with some fun autumn accents! A plain ol’ cream or gray sofa can really come to life when you place yellow, orange, or red pillows (or a combination of the three) on it. Toss an autumn-colored throw over your favorite chair. Place bold-colored accent pieces in odd-numbered groupings in your home to bring in a bit more of the autumn feel. Gather some pinecones, nuts, orange candles, and small, colorful leaves and create a centerpiece for the dining room table to complete the look.
Bring In the Light – As the days start to shorten more and more, the sun will set lower in the horizon and cast wider shadows. Counteract the shadows by pulling up the blinds, opening the shutters, and pushing back the drapes on every window. Turn on the lights in the house when a homebuyer comes by, including appliance lights and closet lights. Don’t forget to turn off the television, too!
Prepare a Few Autumn Dishes – Want to really promote that comfy-cozy feeling in your home? Try baking yummy pumpkin cupcakes or pie, or simmer hot apple cider on your stove! Put out a tray of cinnamon sticks on the counter and fill a bowl with crisp red apples. The smells will entice your potential homebuyer, and seeing these foods placed around the kitchen will make the buyer feel right at home!
Autumn is a great time to sell your home. It’s even easier when you list with a team you know you can trust – the Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties. Call us today at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 or find our listings online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com.