We’ve all heard it: Sell your house in the spring if you want to get top dollar. While spring does tend to be the most active season for real estate, don’t be too quick to write off fall.
First, don’t underestimate the impact good landscaping can have on potential buyers. Take advantage of fall-blooming plants like mums to provide ultimate curb appeal and don’t forget to rake up leaves on walkways and porches.
Second, don’t wait too long to get real estate photos taken. With shorter days and falling leaves, be sure to have your photos done as early as possible to ensure your listing makes the best impression online. If possible, arrange for photos to be taken in the spring in order to show off flowers, gardens and other features.
To combat the tendency for things to look dark, dull and dreary during the colder months, maximize natural light in your home by retracting blinds and pulling back curtains. Enhance the darker parts of your home by choosing the right light bulbs for different rooms. Daylight bulbs look best in bathrooms while soft white bulbs are ideal for bedrooms and living spaces.
If you’ve got a fireplace, cooler months offer the perfect opportunity to show it off. Make sure it’s in working order and consider leaving instructions with the remote, inviting potential buyers to turn it on and picture themselves relaxing in front of it.
While it’s true that there may be a larger pool of people looking to buy houses in the spring or summer, buyers in the fall — whether they’re relocating for work or because of a family situation — are more likely to be motivated. So work with an experienced real estate professional and price your house to sell, keeping in mind that the likelihood of a bidding war driving the price up decreases during the fall.