As summer winds to a close, it’s time to start dusting off your cozy sweaters and galoshes and if you’re looking to have your house sell before the end of the year, then there are some things that you should keep in mind. While the summer season is typically the busiest time of year for selling a house, selling in the fall can be a rewarding and profitable experience for the savvy seller. You want to get top dollar for your home no matter when you sell it so we have come up with a few tips that will help you make your house virtually irresistible to buyers this fall.
Roof Appeal Is Part Of Curb Appeal
Like many neighborhoods in the City of Trees, there are hundreds of large, leafy, old trees dotting the yards of homes everywhere. With these beautiful trees comes the inevitable dropping of leaves, which can turn what was a once pristine roof and gutter system into a cluttered eyesore. Make sure that if you are selling that you are staying on top of your gutter cleaning duties and that the leaves that fall on your roof don’t get too piled up. A few leaves scattered here and there are fine, but be sure to avoid the thick matted bunches of leaves that just sit there and turn to slimy gunk. No one wants to buy that, especially if it is one of the first impressions a buyer sees.
Yes, the yard is important, but don’t forget the roof!
Clear And Decorate Your Walkways
Don’t shy away from fall. Embrace it. Make sure that the aforementioned leaves are clear of your walkways and entrances. It also helps to decorate the entrance of a home with fall appropriate items like squashes, gourds, and other fall delights. You can even plant fall friendly flowers like Autumn Joy sedum and Goldenrod to bring a little pop of fall appropriate color to your home’s entrance.
Don’t Forget The Lights
Since it will be getting darker earlier and earlier each passing day, you’ll want to pay attention to the light levels as you walk into and approach your house. Some showings happen as late as 7 or 8 at night, depending on the buyer’s schedule and you’ll want to make sure that all of your home’s beautiful features are just as visible as if it were 2pm. Check your front porch and driveway area at dusk. Are your lights bright and welcoming or are they weak and dirty yellow and casting harsh shadows? Replace and upgrade your outdoor light fixtures to provide your buyers with a welcoming and bright entry that screams “buy me!”. You may even want to invest in a little set of decorative lights that you can put on either side of your cement walkway leading up to your front door. A pleasant path of lights is always a welcome sight on those cold autumn nights.
Make A Warm First Impression Indoors
As temperatures start to drop, especially in the evening, you’ll want to make sure that your home is warm and bright when you first walk in. If you are having HVAC issues or maybe your window or door seals need some work, then now is the perfect time to do it because a potential buyer will definitely notice if your home is drafty or cold. Make sure your doors and windows are properly weatherstripped and that your furnace is in good working order if you want to get top dollar this year!
While it’s more difficult to sell in the fall than the spring or summer, it is definitely not impossible! If you have any questions about buying or selling a home in Meridian (or beyond) don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Boise’s Best Real Estate! We can’t wait to hear from you.