Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00 am on Sunday, November 3rd – Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour.
As we prepare our clocks to “fall back” for the end of Daylight Saving time, here are some great tips for attracting the autumn home buyer:
1. 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.
Cutaway summer vines and cut down dead flowers. Make the most of the autumn weather
in the fall real estate market.
2. Create Autumn Curb Appeal
The most popular autumn flowers are chrysanthemums (or
mums), and they bloom for a long time. Marigolds are another idea for fall.
Both mums and marigolds are available in yellow, which is my number one home
selling color. Plant them in pots. Place pots on the steps and along the
sidewalk. Accent with pumpkins or other types of squash.
3. Dress the Windows
Rain and wind from over the summer months can make your
windows dusty and streaked by autumn. You might not notice smudges, but buyers
will, if only on a subconscious level. Your windows need to sparkle to sell a
home. Maybe your cats routinely rub their little noses on the inside glass
while walking along window ledges. You’ll need to wash my windows inside and
out every autumn. Remove screens and spray them down.
4. 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. Check the HVAC system before you need to turn on the heater. 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
5. Clean Out the Fireplace
Ah, nothing smells like autumn than smoke from a
wood-burning fireplace. However, in some parts of the country, burning wood
indoors or outdoors is outlawed. 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.
6. Prepare Autumn Edibles
Speaking of autumn scents, you might set out freshly baked
pumpkin cupcakes or simmer hot apple cider on the stove. 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.
7. Set the Mood for Fall Real Estate Musically
When thinking of autumn music consider Enya’s “The
First of Autumn” or George Winston’s new age piano album
8. 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 few 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.
9. Turn on the Lights Everywhere
Above all, bring in the light. 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 with few windows by placing spotlights on the floor behind furniture, and for goodness sakes, turn off the TV.
For more tips and help with selling your home this fall give us a call at Real Estate Exchange (978) 582-4339