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How to Get Your House Ready to Sell in the Fall

The crisp fall air, the golden hues of leaves, and the promise of a fresh start of the new fall season– can be the perfect time to sell your home. But before you plant the “For Sale” sign in your front yard, there are some essential steps to take to ensure your property is primed for the market. Discover how you can harness the beauty of fall and maximize your home’s selling potential!

Home Maintenance

Roof and Gutters: The colorful leaves are beautiful, but they can clog your gutters and downspouts. Ensure they are clear to prevent water damage. Also, inspect your roof for any missing or damaged shingles.

Windows: Clean windows not only enhance the view from the inside but also increase curb appeal. Additionally, check for drafts and consider sealing any gaps to showcase energy efficiency.

Furnace and Fireplace: Have your furnace serviced to ensure it’s in good working condition. If you have a fireplace, make sure it’s clean and operational.

Home Decor

When showcasing your home in listing photos and during actual viewings, it’s advisable to keep the seasonal decorations understated. While buyers don’t anticipate homes to be entirely devoid of festive touches during the holidays, a more minimalist approach can be enticing. 

Neutral Palette: While it’s tempting to switch to fall colors, stick to a neutral palette inside. This helps potential buyers visualize their own belongings in the space.

Declutter: Keep your spaces tidy, open, and free from personal items. The more spacious and neutral a home feels, the easier it is for potential buyers to imagine themselves in it.

Tending to the Landscape

Rake the Leaves: A blanket of leaves might look picturesque, but it can also hide the beauty of your lawn. Rake them up regularly.

Trim Back: Prune overgrown bushes and trees, especially those close to the house. This not only enhances curb appeal but can prevent potential damage.

Add Seasonal Color: Consider planting fall flowers like mums or pansies. A pop of color can make your home stand out.

Bringing Fall Inside

Subtle Touches: Think about adding some fall-inspired decor, like decorative pumpkins, pinecones, or autumn-hued throws and pillows. Small touches that add the fall feel without distracting a buyer while walking through your home. 

Natural Light: As the days get shorter, maximize natural light by keeping blinds and curtains open during viewings.

Warmth: Ensure your home feels cozy. If it’s chilly, consider turning on the heat or lighting a fire during showings.

Creating an Aroma

Natural Scents: Simmer cinnamon sticks, cloves, and apple peels on the stove to fill your home with a natural autumn aroma.

Baked Goods: Consider baking some fall treats like pumpkin bread or apple pie just before showings. It not only provides a delightful scent but also makes your home feel inviting.

Avoid Overpowering Scents: Be cautious with artificial fragrances. What might be pleasant to you could be overpowering to someone else.

Let There Be Light

Pull back blinds and draw curtains wide, maximizing the window view. This not only makes the windows seem larger but also invites an abundance of natural light into your rooms.

Tweak your lighting choices to accentuate your interiors. Bathrooms radiate with daylight bulbs, while more intimate spaces like bedrooms and living rooms are enhanced by soft white bulbs. Remember, the specific design and color scheme of your home might require special lighting adjustments. Aim for a mix of brightness and warmth.

Leverage the beauty of hardwood floors. There’s something truly captivating about sunlight dancing on polished hardwood. Remove unnecessary rugs to highlight your floors to its fullest.

Introduce additional floor lamps, particularly in darker corners, to imbue the room with a snug and welcoming feel.

Consider enhancing your outdoor lighting, especially for those prospective buyers who might visit during the twilight hours. The ambiance created by exterior lights can make a lasting impression. Think about adding solar lights along pathways, motion-sensor spotlights, and landscape-focused lights to elevate your property’s allure.

For an even brighter interior, consider removing window screens temporarily and ensuring your windows sparkle.

More Than Surface Cleaning

Tidy up the space under your sink. Potential buyers will often inspect the plumbing, and a clean interior, including the plumbing fixtures, won’t go unnoticed. Give it a thorough clean, think about laying down a fresh shelf liner, and consider adding sliding drawers or other functional upgrades that enhance its appeal.

Refreshing your shower heads will give them a brand-new look.Don’t forget all of the nooks and crannies– dusting ceiling fan blades and cleaning the inside of your dishwasher and washing machine!

Remember, the goal is to create a space that potential buyers can envision as their own. With these easy tips and the beauty of fall as your backdrop, your home will sell quicker than you can say ‘Boo!’


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