While home buying may spike in the spring, fall can also be a very good time to sell your home. During the fall, the kids have gone back to school, families have returned from vacation, and agents are often working diligently to increase sales before the holidays. Here are some ways that you can attract home buyers in the fall.
#1 Focus on Your Windows
I know, I know, you think we’re being dramatic. “You SELL windows! Of course you promote replacing them!” You know what, you’re right! And yet, the fact still remains: if you want to sell your house and you haven’t replaced your windows yet; replace your windows now.
Curb appeal often makes or breaks a sale. Your home’s windows are a big part of your home’s curb appeal. If your windows are warped, broken or otherwise damaged, it will inevitably turn buyers off. They might not even bother to come inside your home if the windows are in bad condition. They may just simply remember it as “not quite right” for them for some reason. Fix or replace windows that are in bad shape before you put your home on the market this fall.
Replacement windows appeal to a broad range of home buyers, according to this blog post by the Window Source NH. This makes them ideal for attracting fall’s diverse home buying demographic.
#2 Spruce Up Your Front Entryway for the Fall
One of the first things that a homebuyer will see when entering your home is your front door. If your front door is warped, broken, or otherwise damaged, replace it. Otherwise, focus on creating autumn curb appeal by decorating your front door with a fall wreath, placing autumn garden flags in your front garden or replacing your front door mat with an autumn-themed one.
#3 Take Care of Basic Home Maintenance
Basic home maintenance is critical when it comes to selling your home in any season. Although performing home maintenance is not glamorous, it will add value. Here are some things to take care of before putting your home on the market:
- Drafty windows and doors – If potential home buyers notice drafty areas around your home, it will surely put them off. Try weather sealing if you notice drafts coming from windows. If that does not work, replace them. Take extra efforts to weather seal and insulate around the front door. If it is still letting in cool air, then it might be time for a new entryway door.
- Leaves and debris in the gutters – During the fall, debris and leaves can gather in the gutters. Clean out the gutters before selling your home. If you can safely climb a ladder, then this is an easy DIY task.
- A poorly functioning HVAC – With the cold weather upon us, home buyers will be very interested in the status of your heating system. Make sure that it has been inspected recently and is in good working order.
#4 Clean Up Your Front Lawn
Make sure that you rake dead leaves frequently when your home is on the market. Also, promptly clean up debris on your lawn. Pull out dead vegetation and sweep your front sidewalk. Cut bushes and tree limbs. This will give your lawn a manicured look and show off the exterior of your home.
#5 Stage Your House With Fall Colors and Accessories
When selling your home in the fall, it makes sense to use autumn colors and accessories to stage your home. Choose fall inspired bold orange, rich brown, and honey gold colors. Fill and basket with a variety of gourds and pumpkins and display it on a table. Look for autumn-scented candles or a wreath inspired by the harvest.
These five tips will help you sell your home in the fall. For more ideas on how to upgrade your home before putting it on the market, visit The Window Source New Hampshire.