Homes typically go on the market in Spring, mainly so that families can move during the summer while school is out and be settled in to a new home by the time a new school year starts in Fall.
That doesn’t mean you can’t sell your home in Fall, though.
RE/MAX offers three tips to help you do that.
1. Up your curb appeal. It’s important, no matter when you sell, but take extra care to remove dead plants in fall. If your yard looks messy with decaying vegetation it will be hard to get potential buyers to even bother to see what’s on the inside. Remember that since there are fewer homes on the market this time of year, if yours looks good you’re one up on the competition, so rake up fallen leaves and clean up the dead and dying flowers. Make sure the sidewalk and entryway and clear of debris and snow, or even ice, depending on how late in the fall you’re showing.
2.Clean up the interior as well as the exterior. Make any needed repairs as soon as possible. Paint rooms for a fresh look. Declutter. Get rid of items you don’t want or need and put the rest into temporary storage. Make your home inviting during chilly days by turning up the thermostat and keeping blinds and curtains open to let in as much light as possible, says the National Association of Realtors.
3. Take advantage of the season to decorate. Whether it’s Halloween or Thanksgiving that’s coming up, put up a few decorations to set the mood. Even bake an apple pie to entice your potential buyers during walk-throughs, adds Re/Max. Just make sure to not overdo it. Don’t go gaudy. You want buyers to be able to see the house. Not just your holiday trimmings.
RE/MAX Real Estate Concepts
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Newton, IA 50208