Selling a home in Autumn sounds sacriligious in the eyes of popular opinion. According to most standard guides to selling your home, after Labor Day is the house listing expiration date. Everyone is encouraged to make improvements to their home, strategize, and wait out the holidays and winter until better selling times are upon them.
The problem is that this is actually really misguided advice when looking at multiple regions of the country. Sure, it might be time to consider the spring if you live in the northernmost tip of Montana and you’re expecting the cold weather to roll in anytime now like last year, but places like Southern California, the Southwest, and the Pacific Northwest are doing fine right now, and will probably be fine clear up until after Thanksgiving. Even from a strategic perspective, this time of year is downright pleasant for house hunting and house selling.
You Haven’t Missed the Boat Yet
Selling a home in Autumn is a surprisingly good time, contrary to popular belief. While people are winding down from their spring and summer home listings, there’s still an entire demographic of people who may have not found the house that they were looking for yet, or were waiting for there to be a little less competition for the same properties. Supply is low in Southern California, so by default this means that good properties are going to be more difficult for people to secure; after all, only one person’s offer is going to be accepted.
What’s more is that the convenience factor of the summer means that a lot of your competition on the market isn’t interested in doing a fall listing. They’re either prescribing to the conventional knowledge that the best time to sell has passed, or they just have other things going on like the school year or family plans. This puts your home is in the position to be highly visible to the audience that is still house-hunting.
What Should You Do To Prepare For Selling a Home in Autumn?
The things needed for selling a home in Autumn are not any more complex than the usual listing in the spring and summer. Keep your home tidy and decluttered for photos and visitors, and survey for any small cosmetic improvements and repairs that you think would help allay any concerns of a potential buyer. (If there’s anything significantly wrong with plumbing or electrical, ask your realtor if you should get these repaired quickly as this can be seen as a stumbling block for a buyer that might be in a hurry to get in before Christmas.) Since it’s getting to be later in the year, double check your landscaping, and remove any dead or dying plants that could be replaced with an autumn appropriate plant for your region.
Another thing that’s often forgotten is to have a plan. If you’re currently living in the house, make sure you have looked into options and have determined where you want to go next. While closing a sale may seem like a long process, it feels like much more of a crunch if you’re not set up for your next home.
Other than that, it’s all about exposure and making sure the autumn stragglers know you’re open for business! While the days can be busy, try to keep some time each day set aside for people to view the property. Take advantage of weekend events to keep you and your family busy, and keep those open houses rolling.
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