'Tis pumpkin season, once again! Fall scents and sounds fill the air, and it is a great time of year to sell your house. In fact, Autumn is the second-best season for home sales in most areas. It is also a great time of year to incorporate the season into your staging and décor plans. Channel your snuggly side and get those fall candles ready! Grab your PSL and read these Realtor approved helpful hints:
#1- Curb Appeal is always in Season!
Curb appeal is always the number one thing that draws buyers in because that is their first impression. The weather will be cooler and prospective buyers will be willing to venture around the yard, so landscaping could easily make or break the deal. Focus on creating spaces in your yard for families to spend time in outdoors. Consider getting some mums or other fall flowers to add those warm, vibrant colors to the scenery. Lastly, make sure you keep up with the falling leaves! Clean gutters and cluttered areas outside. As pretty as the leaves look on the trees, buyers are going to want to see the yard, not just piles of leaves on the ground.
#2- Clear the clutter!
Houses full of stuff feel tight and cramped, so push your spring cleaning into the fall and start getting rid of things! Put everything in a place, donate things you won't need after your move, organize, and make the house feel as big as possible. This can be a tough step if you have a lot of little things to clear up, but you will have to do it eventually when you sell the house, so why not start now?!
#3-Touch Up Paint!
You don't have to go crazy repainting your entire home, but some touch ups here and there (especially on those walls that desperately need it) can go a long way for buyers! The house will feel newer and cleaner with some fresh, neutral paint on the walls.
#4 - Update Your Lighting!
Lighting is everything, especially as it gets darker even earlier in some states. Make sure your house has warm lighting -no fluorescent bulbs- and keep the house bright for showings. Update those old light fixtures in order to give the interior a face lift, without breaking the bank. Use natural light as much as you can with accent lights turned on. The candles will add to the lighting ambiance, as well. Make your home as inviting as possible so buyers feel welcome and cozy inside. Small things can have a big impact!
#5 - Freshen Up!
The air is crisp outside, so make your house warm and cozy inside. Thoroughly clean it so it sparkles! Create a fall ambiance that makes people want to settle in and never leave (so they have to buy it!). Choose vibrant fall colors for vases and flowers. Don't add clutter, but a few fall accents can really pop. Add a furry throw to your couch or armchair to make the living spaces more inviting. Accent the fireplace by decorating your mantle or lighting a fire for showings. Don't be afraid to appeal to their sense of smell with nostalgic fall scents like pumpkin, apple cider, and cinnamon. (Pumpkin Spice Latte is a scent, right?!)
Use these tips to make your home sell faster during these fall months! For more ideas, contact us today! We are always happy to help.