You love your home. You’ve made some of your happiest memories with the people you love in this place. But now it’s time to move on. You’re ready to sell, but how do you help prospective buyers to see all that you see behind these four walls?
The good news is, with a little time, effort, and strategy, you can turn your home into a showpiece that buyers can’t resist. Best of all, you can take advantage of the ambiance of the fall season to illuminate all that your home has to offer. In fact, autumn can be the best time of year to sell a home because there tends to be less competition, faster closing times, and lots of natural beauty to capitalize on.
Start With Energy-Efficiency and Sustainability
One of the best strategies you can use to sell your home in the fall is to show prospective buyers what an asset the property can be during the upcoming winter. Consider upgrading to energy-efficient appliances and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
This isn’t just going to cut utility costs, but it’s also going to reduce the home’s carbon footprint. Both of those attributes can be major selling points for buyers looking to save money while also saving the planet!
Capitalizing on Curb Appeal
In most regions of the U.S., autumn is a particularly beautiful time of year, with a cozy ambiance that just makes you want to nestle at home with family and friends. That can be a major advantage for sellers who know how to leverage the sense of the season.
So let the autumn foliage illuminate the hominess of your house for its future owners. Consider the aesthetic of your exterior, imagining how the property might strike strangers at first sight. After all, you only get one chance to make a good first impression, and if you don’t cast an inviting scene from the curb, your best prospects may just drive on by.
Creating irresistible curb appeal should begin with giving the property a thorough cleaning and landscaping. Consider having your exteriors power washed and ensure that your lawn, trees, and shrubs appear healthy and well-tended.
This is also a good time to consider your exterior design. Is the style updated and yet not too trendy? Are the finishes, color palette, and outdoor furnishings neutral enough to appeal to a wider market yet not so lacking in character that buyers will be bored or, worse, put off?
Do all the elements blend together well to create a welcoming and harmonious aesthetic or is that warped and weathered old garage door or outdated patio furniture creating a distraction? This might be a good time to consider replacing some of the less flattering elements of your exterior to boost your curb appeal.
The Autumnal Advantage
One of the best things about selling your home in the autumn is that nature gets to be your wingman (or wing woman?). Incorporate tasteful autumnal accent pieces throughout the exterior and interior of the home. Ensure that each room boasts at least some small taste of fall. This will not only provide a sense of continuity throughout the property but it will also amplify the feeling of warmth and comfort associated with those rich autumnal colors and textures.
As you’re amping up the seasonal coziness, don’t forget the fine details that make selling a home in the cooler months such a rare asset. If you have a fireplace, go ahead and fire it up. Your prospective buyers will feel like they’re walking into a warm embrace and you’ll be able to call attention to a major selling point of the property: working fireplaces!
Remember, as well, that there are lots of routes to a buyer’s heart. So, in addition to ensuring that your home is a feast for the eye, go ahead and make it a feast for the ear, the nose, and the belly. Provide some nice, soothing background music to ramp up the ambiance, and then get cooking.
Filling the home with the intoxicating aroma of fresh-baked cookies and hot cocoa with an assortment of seasonal toppings is a foolproof way to turn an unfamiliar house for sale into a must-have home for the family!
Selling a home is always a stressful endeavor, but when you list your home during the fall season, you’re embracing opportunities that those attempting to entice buyers in the busy spring and summer seasons can’t emulate. You can, for instance, emphasize the sustainability and energy-efficiency features of the home, concerns that are likely to be top-of-mind for buyers as winter looms. You can capitalize on the beauty of autumn by giving your home’s landscape and exteriors a bit of a refresh and adding seasonal accents both inside and outside of the property. Above all, you can cultivate an enticing autumnal ambiance by lighting up the fireplaces and allowing the scent of freshly prepared seasonal treats to waft through the air.