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While it’s not quite feeling like fall weather in some parts of the country yet, we know that fall is just around the corner when students return to school. There is no question that autumn is usually a wonderful time of year – it’s the perfect time to enjoy nice weather and plenty of celebrations and fun. For many, going back to school also means going back to everyday life – getting organized and checking things off the to-do list after lazy summer days.
You may have heard that fall housing stock and activity is often lower than the popular spring and summer seasons – and it’s true. On the other side of the coin, however, fall shoppers are often more serious about buying. They may want to buy quickly to enroll children in school, because of a job change, or because of a change in their family situation. Often fall buyers are eager to quickly find a home they love and take action once they find it.
The good news is that if you’re planning on listing your home for sale this fall, there are a few tips and things you can add to your to-do list that will help you market your home in the best possible way and maximize your chances of a quick one and successful sale. These include:
Act fast: Depending on the area of the country you live in, beautiful, clear, colorful autumn weather can quickly give way to less than desirable winter weather. It’s often much easier to sell a home in the fall than in December, January, or February, when inclement weather can make travel difficult and potential buyers are less likely to want to leave their homes. Once you’ve decided you’re ready to sell, it’s best to make every effort to list your home quickly to take advantage of the good weather and buyers in the market.
Photograph the property as soon as possible: In many parts of the country, fall is a really beautiful time of the year. Autumn also usually offers plenty of beautiful, natural light. Take advantage of these ideal conditions by taking photos of your property early on. Don’t wait for the leaves to fall and the sky to turn gray. Get your images early and use them to convince potential buyers of the unique beauty that can be enjoyed both inside and outside of your home.
Possess some fall curb appeal: You may not have spring flowers in the fall, but there is still plenty of natural beauty to enjoy. If you have fallen leaves, make sure you rake and bag them regularly. Mow the lawn, maybe add some new mulch, or consider adding some fall flowers. These steps don’t take long and cost a lot of money, but they can go a long way in attracting the attention of potential buyers.
leave the light on: In autumn the sun begins to set early. Therefore, it is important to keep your home as bright and welcoming as possible. Clean your windows, open the curtains or blinds, and let in as much natural light as possible. If you have very dark colors, consider repainting some rooms in lighter shades. This maximizes the light and makes your home feel more open and airy. Finally, if the showing is later in the day, make sure there are plenty of lights on in the house. Not only will this increase your curb appeal as potential buyers approach the home by making it look warm and inviting — it will also help buyers feel more comfortable in your home as they introduce themselves to this space.
While these tips are meant to be helpful, it’s important to remember that one of the best steps you can take to really increase your chances of a successful home sale is to hire a real estate agent who knows the community and loves and can really help you tailor your home’s marketing and pricing to potential buyers in your area. It is important to find and get in touch with an agent who can help you with this. At GayRealEstate.com we are here to help you.
At GayRealEstate.com, we don’t just have a passion for real estate. We are passionate about real estate with a purpose. Our mission is to match LGBTQ home buyers and sellers across the country with knowledgeable, talented and experienced LGBTQ friendly real estate agents who know their communities well and are committed to helping clients every step of the way. Wherever you are in the real estate process and whatever your goals, we are here and happy to help. If you’re ready to get started, contact us today.
Jeff Hammerberg is the founding CEO of Hammerberg & Associates, Inc. He can be reached at 303-378-5526 or [email protected].