As the seasons change, so should your home staging strategy! Selling a home in fall can have certain advantages- for one, there are typically fewer homes on the market in autumn, meaning your house will have less competition. So take advantage of this colorful season through these fall staging tips and sell your home!
Fall is most well known for bright, colorful foliage, as well as two major holidays: Halloween and Thanksgiving. It’s a great idea to incorporate seasonal decor such as pumpkins, gourds, and sprigs of bright red and orange leaves and branches. Be sure to not go overboard, however. You don’t want your home to look like a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, nor do you want your home to look like the inside of a Halloween store. You can also embrace the fall season by keeping a carafe stocked with hot apple cider (or even pumpkin spice coffee) during open houses and showings. Offering apple cider serves two purposes: One, it keeps buyers happy, warm, and in the seasonal mood, and two, just having that cider smell present gives off a warm, welcoming feel.
Keep the Exterior Clean
Maintaining curb appeal will most likely take up more of your time than usual in autumn. For one, you will need to be constantly cleaning up as various foliage and plants die off or go into hibernation before winter. Don’t get behind on raking, and keep your garden clean of dead plants. It’s an ongoing process, so be sure to check your yard 1-2 times a week for any new die-off to keep your yard in good shape. Make sure your gutters remain clear of any debris. Additionally, check your entryway, patio, and siding for dirt, mold, and mildew, and clean the outsides of all windows.
Make it Move-In Ready
This is great advice regardless of season, but it becomes even more essential in fall as colder weather moves in. The last thing a buyer wants to do is see a problem that needs fixing, and know that it will either need to be done during winter, or be put off until next year when the warm weather returns. Drafty windows or door frames, leaky faucets, old carpet that needs replacing, these are just a few problem areas that a buyer will not want to deal with.
Be Prepared to Move Out Quickly
Chances are, if you sell your home in the fall, the buyer will want to move in as quickly as possible; they may have children who need to start at a new school, or they may simply want to get the moving process finished before winter sets in. Because of this, you will want to be ready to move out quickly. It’s strongly recommended to rent a storage container so you can pre-pack any and all of your family’s non-essentials. Leave only the items you will need during the next few months, as well as, of course, furniture and items that are being used as part of your staging. That way, when your home does sell, you’ll already be half-packed and able to leave the home quicker.
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