If you’ve had your home on the market this year during the warmer months and it’s still sitting on the market, you might be dreading the impending days of fall that will soon be upon us. You’ve heard the myth over and over again about how difficult (or impossible) it is to sell a home in the cool months of fall and winter, and you’re worried that you’ll have to either have your house continue to sit idly on the market or take it off until next spring.
Who said that fall is the time when you need to hang up your hat and wait for the blossoms of spring to bloom to relocate? Before you resign yourself and your home to defeat, check out these 7 tips to help you invite potential homebuyers into your home this fall! We actually think that, if done correctly, you can easily make homebuyers “fall” in love with your home this season (See what we did there?)!
Less Is More – When it comes to fall (or any season, really), it can be so easy to pile on the decorations; however, when you’re trying to sell your home, it isn’t the wisest decision. Scale back on the decorations a bit so they won’t overshadow your home’s many wonderful features. That doesn’t mean you can’t put out anything! Feel free to add some tasteful accents with vases of fall foliage, bowls of seasonal fruit, and carefully picked pumpkins (real or otherwise). These can create an inviting environment and can give your home a fresh feeling.
Think Warm Wall Colors – A fresh coat of paint is always a good idea. It helps breathe life into worn walls and doesn’t cost much of anything to do! This time of year, try embracing warmer wall colors that will draw in people and make them want to stay for a while (or forever). Think rich shades of caramel and cream, and accent them with golds, oranges, or scarlets.
Bring In the Light – With the fall season come shorter and shorter days. Lighting is a big factor when it comes to selling homes, though. After all, who wants to live in a dark and gloomy place? Make sure to let the light in as much as possible to accent your home’s features. Open the blinds and pull back the curtains to let in as much natural light as possible, and try to place plenty of lamps of different heights throughout the house for additional illumination.
Make Them Feel Comfortable – Whenever the heat dies down and the cooler weather comes in, warm and cozy rooms will make potential homebuyers want to hang around and enjoy the scenery. Make your home nice and cozy with comforting accents – a throw over a comfortable couch, plush pillows in your favorite chair, and cozy fabrics throughout. The homebuyers won’t be able to help envisioning themselves enjoying life in your space!
Delight With Seasonal Scents – What’s one of the first things you think of when you think of fall? The scents of the season! Bring autumn in with the intoxicating scents of fall like apples, cinnamon, and pumpkin. Just before your potential homebuyers come in, burn a cinnamon-scented candle or simmer a pot of apple cider on the stove. You can go the extra mile by providing fresh warm apple cider in a thermos and cups for your guests to enjoy! Trust us, hospitality goes a long way!
Think Luxurious – When you walk into a nice hotel that’s decked out with plush towels and a luxurious looking bed with plush pillows, you feel like you never want to leave! Make your home like a fancy hotel – layer your bed with silky fabrics, and display some plush towels in the bathroom. You don’t have to spend a lot of money either. There are several stores that offer inexpensive but plush options for your home!
Ramp Up the Curb Appeal – The fall leaves sure are pretty to look at, but they aren’t what a potential homebuyer wants to see when they pull up to the curb because they don’t want to think about all the potential maintenance they’d have to do. Take extra care to rake the lawn regularly, clean the gutters and downspouts, and placing some pretty mums and fall foliage around the yard. After all, your home’s interior can look beautiful and inviting, but if you don’t have curb appeal, potential homebuyers will continue driving by.
Ready to sell your home? Need help with the homebuying or selling process? Trust no other than the Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties! Get started today at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 or learn more about us at www.dianamasseyhomes.com.