Will Back-to-School Time Hinder Your Home’s Sale? We Have the Answers!

girl getting on the busIt’s that time of the year again. Students are gearing up to go back to school (or have already gone back!) and are working on getting back in the swing of a solid school-time schedule, young and young-at-heart alike. Perhaps one of the last things on the minds of many at this time of year is purchasing their dream home, which can seemingly spell disaster for you, the home seller.

If your home is on the market and you’ve seen a decrease in traffic (or no traffic at all, even), don’t fret! Though the impending season of autumn is a favorite to many because of the crisp temperatures, beautiful scenery, and pumpkin-flavored treats, it doesn’t have to mean that the winter of your home sale is imminent! In fact, it’s all about looking at the problem from a different point of view.

Even though home sales will typically cool down once school comes back in session, hope is most certainly not lost. In fact, there are still plenty of prospective homebuyers looking for their dream homes during the fall, and they tend to be more serious than those who breeze through during summertime.

According to the National Association of Realtors, nearly 66% of homebuyers fall into one of two categories: Millennials and the Baby Boomer generation. Often, but not always, these two generations don’t need to adhere to the school calendar, so don’t count on prospective homebuyers not wanting to look at houses just because class is back in session!

Another factor that can play into your hand is that inventories also typically drop as the temperature. That means that there could possibly be fewer homes for yours to contend with!

Whatever the case, you can still wow your potential homebuyers as the fall season creeps in. Here are a few quick pointers to give you the edge over the competition:

*Let there be light – You’ll want to make sure that your home brings in as much light as possible with the ever-impending shorter days heading your way. Wash the windows inside and out to let in as much natural light as possible, and open the blinds and curtains during the day. This will help make your home cheerful and inviting! Don’t forget to lighten up the dark corners in your home with a few strategically placed lamps!

*Make it comfortable and inviting – Autumn is all about coziness and getting comfortable in soft fabrics and blankets. Create a cozy sanctuary by setting out some nice throws and blankets in strategic places. If you have a fireplace, make it the center of attention in your home, and try to incorporate warmer colors like gold, orange, and red. You can also warm up any potential homebuyers by making fresh baked goods and brewing warm apple cider.

*Don’t stop rakin’ – Your No. 1 enemy during the fall is going to be the thing that just about everyone loves about fall – those gorgeous yet pesky fallen leaves! Instead of waiting for all of your leaves to fall, tackle them as soon as they hit the ground. Remember, you don’t want your prospective homebuyers to think about all the yard work that needs to be done as soon as they drive by.

As great as these tips are, doing them alone won’t sell your home. That’s why you need to team up with a real estate professional who can sell your home in no time. Why go anywhere else? Choose The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties! Get in touch with us by calling either (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298. You can also check out our inventory online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com!