If you think that you’ve missed the market for selling your home now that the leaves are starting to turn – think again. Although the onset of autumn was once the hallmark of the end of the best home sale season, it’s no longer the case.
In order to attract buyers this time of year, it’s important to pay attention to some often-overlooked tips that can set your living space apart from the rest. – Debi Benoit, Benoit Mizner Simon Co. Real Estate
Be the first in line for a fall clean-up
Get on your landscaper’s dance card as soon as you can. Your yard should be cleaned up, pruned, free of overgrowth from the warm weather, and with as few leaves on the lawn as possible. Lay new mulch if you need to. The dog days of summer have passed, but that doesn’t mean your lawn or landscaping should be forgotten about – be sure to keep up with its maintenance.
Make sure our house looks like fall
Buyers need to envision themselves in your home in every season, so be sure your place appears autumn- appropriate. Close the pool,put away the outdoor furniture, and replant the flowers and vines with the best looks of the season. A few pumpkins and corn stalks are okay – but don’t make it look like Halloween-central. Just a touch of fall is fine.
Walk a moderate political line
You may not have considered it – but an upfront display of your political leanings – especially in a divisive election year like this one – may just do enough to turn off a potential buyer. Put the signs, bumper stickers, and photos of you and your favorite candidate locked away for the time being.
Focus on your front door
Give it a new coat of paint, take care of any scuffmarks or paint flakes on your entryway. Shine or replace the hardware and address numbers if outdated. It can give your home a whole new, fresh look, and prospective buyers will take notice of a great first impression.
Consider buying or renting a power-washer. This is an easy and effective way to clean your pavement, fences, brick walkways and siding after a summer of growth. Leave the outside of your house looking brand new.
Clean your windows
This is another overlooked tip that can really spruce up your home and show it’s well cared for.
Clear out the clutter
A summer full of bikes, pool floats, toys and outdoor games can leave your home looking like it just survived a succession of summer soirees. Since that’s likely the case – be sure to pack up, discard or donate the items you might not need until next year. Put away the torches and take down the lights you strung up for that Independence Day party.
Add a welcome mat
After making your outside space look amazing, choose a simple and neutral welcome mat that will welcome in all of your potential buyers. A small, but nice touch that will add to the fresh look of the doorway into your home.
Don’t forget to update the inside of your home
Put out some fall accents inside your home and consider replacing bedding if it looks like it belongs in a beach house. Take out air conditioning units that are still in place in your window frames, and store them away until next season.
Less is even more in the fall
There is something about September that feels like a new year, a fresh start. Children return to school and parents take a deep breath, look around the house, see the clutter summer brings and feel the need to de-clutter and put summer to bed. We’re also heading back inside so make sure the interior of your home feels cozy, uncluttered and zen-like.