Fall is a very popular time of year for different types of home buyers including first time home buyers, those who are relocating due to a new job, and retirees. Usually around this time of year there are fewer homes on the market, so your house may get a little more attention than other times of the year. Below are some tips that will help set your home apart from the competition.
Increase Curb Appeal
The outside of your home is the first thing that potential buyers see, whether it’s by driving by or viewing it online. For this reason, it’s important to have your home’s exterior looking its best. Ask a friend or a neighbor for an honest assessment of the exterior. It is important to make sure that the yard is well maintained, the leaves are picked up, and that there is nothing blocking the driveway such as bicycles or toys. Be sure to clean all your gutters, and pressure wash areas such as siding, patios, or your driveway to really make them shine. Add visual appeal to your lawn by planting seasonal flowers such as mums to add some rich autumn colors.
With shorter days and less sunlight, good interior lighting is more important than ever when showing your home during the fall. Open all the blinds and turn on all lights when a potential buyer stops by. You’ll even want to do this if you’re leaving for work and the showing won’t happen for a few hours. It is also important to make sure that all of your windows are squeaky clean inside and out.
Maximize Your Web Presence
Many home buyers start their search on the internet. For this reason, it is important to present your home in the best possible light to get the buyers attention. Be sure to have pictures of not only your home’s exterior, but any features that make it unique. This can include walk-in closets, built-in bookcases, or beautiful landscaping – basically anything that makes your home stand out from the competition. Don’t forget to update your photos to showcase how your home looks in the fall. The foliage will make your home look warm and welcoming.
Make Sure Your Home is Move-In Ready
Most home buyers prefer that a home is move-in ready, so be sure to take care of any improvements and repairs right away. Many people do not want to have to do work on a home in the fall. Weather your home needs new carpets, or the walls need a fresh coat of paint, take care of it immediately. The same goes for repairs. By fixing these problems you will have a competitive advantage over sellers who don’t want to take the time to resolve those issues.
With fewer homes available in the fall, it is likely that your home will get more attention. It is important to set your home apart from the competition by increasing your curb appeal, online presence, lighting, and making sure your home is move-in ready.