Tips to Selling your Home This Fall

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Check out my tips to selling your home this fall!

Add some Curb Appeal to Enhance the Outdoor Experience

Leaf covered sidewalks can make a perfectly nice home look sloppy and poorly maintained. Use a leaf blower daily to keep leaves, branches, and outdoor dirt off the walkways, and do your best to keep the yard clear of leaves, too. Add fresh mulch to garden beds so they look their best.

Rinse loose dirt from your home’s siding one last time before the temperature drops.

Another challenge for buyers in the fall and winter is that everything usually looks dull and drab. The lot lines are not as visible covered with snow and leaves, so it’s difficult to get a sense of the outdoor space unless it is clearly defined. Define property boundaries with brightly-colored flags tied to stakes, and place them at the four corners of your property.

If the climate allows, keep outdoor furniture on your patio so they can get a better feel for the outdoor living space.

Let There Be Light

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Retract blinds, and widen curtains, so there’s minimal window coverage. The windows will look bigger, and it’ll encourage daylight to flow into your space.

Experiment with your lightbulbs to find the most flattering hues for your space. A bathroom looks great with daylight bulbs (5,000-6,500K) and living spaces, such as bedrooms and living rooms, look best with soft white bulbs (2,700K). In general, your home’s design and color palette will play a part in what looks most appealing. Go for cozy and bright. If you’re upgrading bulbs in hard-wired fixtures, consider going all LED. Let the buyers know you’re leaving the bulbs for them.

Deep Clean: A Few Places You Might Forget About

Clean inside the cabinet beneath your sink. It’s likely they’ll glance at the plumbing, and they’ll notice if the plumbing and inside of the cabinet are dirty. Clean it well, consider adding a new piece of shelf liner on the bottom, and install slide out drawers or extra utility that’ll be appealing. Make shower heads look like new. Dust ceiling fan blades and the inside of your dishwasher and washing machine. Don’t forget all the nooks and crannies in the kitchen.

Be Sensitive to Seasonal Décor

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Both in your listing photos and in real life during showings, keep the seasonal décor at bay while you’re trying to sell. No one expects a home to completely lack holiday decorations during these months, but simplicity is appealing. Opt for modest, neutral accessories — think white string lights or a Christmas tree that truly flatters the space. 

Do you have vaulted ceilings? You’re green-lighted to get a big tree, so buyers can appreciate the spectacular height of the ceilings. One snowy weather accessory that wins us over? A classic snowman in the front yard. Resist the urge to add too many scents to your home – it’ll look like you’re hiding something. An unlit pine candle in a bathroom will appeal to the senses. 

Have holiday music playing low on a radio during December. During an open house, offer freshly-baked cookies, pumpkin muffins, or hot cocoa for visitors.

Once you are ready to get your home on the market give me a call, I would love to walk you through everything and help you get your home sold! Contact me here!

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