Selling A Home In The Fall
Many homeowners believe that if they missed the spring and summer selling season, they should just wait until next year. However, autumn is actually a busy selling season – particularly in Long Beach, where weather is less of a factor than on the east coast or Midwest.
Home selling in autumn is the second best time of the year to sell a home. Families have returned from summer vacations. Kids have gone back to school. The holidays aren’t yet upon us, at least not yet in an annoying way. We are set to enjoy 75 to 80 days of normalcy. And some economists expect the housing market activity after Labor Day this year to be the strongest we’ve seen in 2014. So, if you’ve been thinking of waiting, you may want to think again.
Here are tips for attracting the autumn home buyer:
Clean Up the Yard: Rake dead leaves and debris in your lawn. Don’t let overgrown vegetation block the windows or path to the entrance. Cutting bushes and tree limbs will let the sun inside and showcase the exterior of your home. Cut away summer vines and cut down dead flowers.
Create Autumn Curb Appeal: The most popular autumn flowers are chrysanthemums (or mums) and they bloom for a long time. Marigolds are another good choice. Plant them in pots. Place pots on the steps and along the sidewalk. Accent with pumpkins.
Dress the Windows: You might not notice smudges, but buyers will, if only on a subconscious level. To sell a home, your windows need to sparkle. Remove screens and spray them down.
Check the HVAC: You want the air inside your home to smell fresh. When was the last time you changed your furnace filter? You can buy 90-day furnace filters. Have the HVAC system checked before you need to turn on the heat. Besides, the buyer will ask a home inspector to look at your HVAC. If you discover problems with your furnace, it’s better to fix them before your home goes on the market.
Clean Out the Fireplace: Ah, nothing smells like autumn than smoke from a wood-burning fireplace. If you have a gas fireplace, light it when buyers come through. If the fireplace is filled with cobwebs because it hasn’t been used for months, vacuum it out and wash it down. Some home stagers arrange knickknacks in the fireplace in place of wood logs.
Prepare Autumn Dishes: Speaking of autumn scents, you might set out freshly baked pumpkin cupcakes or simmer hot apple cider on the stove once the weather cools down. Put a tray of cinnamon sticks on the counter, dotted with whole cloves. Prop open a cookbook to an autumn stew. Fill a bowl with crisp red apples.
Utilize Autumn Accent Colors: You don’t need to dump a lifeless sofa when you can accessorize its dullness with bright red, orange and / or golden yellow pillows. Toss a quilt or autumn-colored throw over a chair. After you’ve cleared away the clutter and depersonalized each room, bring a little bit of autumn hues to each room by placing bold-colored accent pieces in odd groupings such as 3’s and 5’s. Create an autumn centerpiece for the dining room table by arranging pine cones and nuts around orange candles, stick in a few leaves from the yard.
Turn on the Lights: When days get shorter, the sun sets lower in the horizon and casts wider shadows. Pull up the blinds, open the shutters, push back the drapes on every window. Turn on every light in the house, including appliance lights and closet lights. Brighten darker rooms by placing spotlights on the floor behind furniture.
If you’re thinking about selling your home this year, get started now while there’s still plenty of time to get it sold, move and settle in before the holidays. Give us a call at 562-896-2456.