Each season provides different challenges for homeowners who are trying to sell their homes. While autumn isn’t the most popular season, this doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to make a sale in October or November. There are plenty of strategies out there for homeowners trying to sell their homes during fall, and all homeowners should use them whenever possible. Here are some of the best strategies to keep in mind when selling a home during the autumn months.
Remember to Landscape
Autumn is a beautiful season where, in many parts of the country, trees shed their leaves. While autumn is worthy of countless photos, leaves on the ground can actually hurt a home’s chances of appealing to buyers. Raking leaves is a big job, but it’s also an important one. When leaf litter is covering the lawns and gardens, it’s difficult for buyers to see what they’re potentially buying. Are there sidewalks? Flower beds in the middle of the lawn? It can be extremely difficult to tell when everything is covered with leaves. Before letting buyers come to the home for showings, homeowners should be sure to either rake the leaves on their own or hire a service to do it for them.
Take Green Photos
In both autumn and winter, green photos are extremely important for a home’s listings. Green photos are photos taken of a home during spring and summer when the grass, trees, and other plants are all green. Having these photos available shows buyers what the home looks like during the warmer seasons when it isn’t obscured by leaves or snow. If a homeowner is planning to sell their home, they should take a few exterior shots during the spring or summer, especially if they know they’re going to be selling later in the year. Having a few green photos included on a listing can potentially make a big difference with making online listings more appealing.
Stage for the Season
When selling a home in one of the off-seasons like autumn, homeowners should always try to stage for the season. Staging is an easy way to show buyers how they can decorate the home with their own furniture while also making the home more appealing to them. For autumn, homeowners can try decorating with gourds or by using candles that smell like pumpkin spice or other seasonal scents. Remember, when staging, less is often more. It’s easy to go overboard, especially with decorating for a holiday like Halloween. Try to choose decorations that don’t distract buyers too much so they aren’t focusing on the decorations instead of the actual home.
When selling a home, lighting is extremely important, both during showings and when taking photos. During fall, the days are getting shorter, and it can be difficult to use natural light. To counteract this, homeowners can use artificial light in the form of lamps and other lighting fixtures. While artificial light isn’t great compared to natural light, buyers still need to see the home, and any light is better than none. Therefore, homeowners should turn on their lights to let everyone see their home clearly.
Selling during the fall season can prove to be a unique challenge, but homeowners shouldn’t be intimidated by it. Using these strategies can be a great way for homeowners to help their home appeal to buyers during the autumn months.
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