Fall cab be a hit or miss season when it comes to the local housing markets. However, interestingly enough there are still a few trends that carry over from the summer months.
It can be said that young families often move in summer, and in fall the older generation tends to move as they make a permanent snowbird migration.
If you happen to live in a place that has a large population of seasonal guests, then you might just want to take advantage of this seasonal buyer urgency.
Fall home maintenance checklist to prepare for cooling temperatures:
- Unclog gutters with any fallen leaves or debris- You want to make sure that the roof is in good shape before your buyers arrive.
- Keep your yard clean- Make sure to get rid of any scattered branches and sticks. Also rake up any falling leaves.
- Inspect your central heating system- You want to be proactive about making sure your central heating system is in good working order for the buyers of your home.
- Touch up any peeling or cracked paint- You should check out the home’s exterior while temperatures are mild.
Fall curb appeal tips that aren’t over the top:
- Plant fall mums- Embrace the fall colors and plants and plant mums around your front walkway. These flowers come in gorgeous autumn shades like deep burgundy, burnt orange or golden yellow.
- Paint your front door a bold color- If you’re feeling festive, you could paint your door a bright pumpkin orange. Most importantly, you will want to pick a color scheme that’s either monochromatic, analogous, contrasting or complementary using the color wheel. You will want to choose something that is in harmony with your exterior, landscaping, and neighborhood feel.
Fall house showing tips to make your home feel warm and inviting
- Although the fall season varies by region, adding in a few DIY festive decorations can still make a big difference in your home’s appeal. If your home is in a region that experiences a true crisp, sunny autumn, then might we suggest throwing a flannel blanket by the fireplace, leave out a pumpkin spice candle (unlit) for ambiance during showings. You might even hang some dried corn husks from the front door.
- Put a fire in the fireplace with some supervision from your agent (have them be in charge of turning it off and on). This will give buyers the warm and fuzzies. If that’s not logistical idea then at least highlight the fireplace with some fall foliage decor and a clean mantel.
Want another pro tip for selling your house in the fall? Make sure all marketing materials for your home reflect the new season. Having phots from the summer on a fall listing can make it seem like the home has been sitting on the market for a long time and could turn away buyers.