I was on the phone the other day with someone and they were saying that they felt that this was a hard time of year to buy or sell... I hear that a lot, and maybe that's one of your beliefs as well. My line of thought is, that it's always a hard time of the year to buy or sell, it just depends on how you look at it, but there are a few things that can definitely give you an advantage if you're planning to list in the fall/winter.
People buy with their eyes, we hear it all of the time. A home should have good curb appeal, and present itself well. I had taken some first time buyers out to look at some homes a few weeks ago, and one of the homes we pulled up to was covered in fake cob webs, had homemade headstones all over the front yard, and had a pretty gruesome set of scarecrows welcoming us to the front porch. I love a scary movie, and a creatively decorated home as much as the next person, but when it comes to selling your home, you want to embrace it as a HOME, and really show off the qualities- not offer a distraction. My recommendation is to keep decor tasteful and minimal while letting your spirit shine through.
The foliage has basically peaked where I live, and if you're reading this, it's probably the same for you as well. If you look out the window you won't see many leaves on the trees, but instead they may be blown about the yard or in scattered piles. Homes that are vacant, this one is for you especially.... get someone out there to clear out the yard waste! There's nothing worse than taking a buyer out, walking through the yard and having the first thing they see be an ocean of leaves... this automatically turns into a bill for landscaping in their mind. Tying back to the first tip- make sure your curb appeal is able to really shine through and showcase that level lot, or the some nicely trimmed hedges. I am not saying that they won't notice the trees and make the connection themselves, but again, we want the home to show nicely and we don't want any negative distractions. When pride of ownership shines through, buyers can tell and it's greatly appreciated (and hopefully awarded with a solid offer!).
Some people think that since the days are shorter (thanks for always making it feel like midnight DLS), it's harder to show homes.... there are still 24 hours in the day, and 7 days a week. True, daylight hours may be less, but that only means that serious buyers are out there shifting their schedule to see homes on the market. I've been meeting buyers before work to see a listing, in the middle of their day, and over the weekends to ensure they get the best viewing possible of the home, and are able to see everything clearly. Sometimes it's inconvenient for the seller to relocate so early in the morning or mid day, but keep in mind, these buyers are serious, and if they can't see your home, they won't be able to make an offer!
There are lots of other tips I have for seasonal sellers- if it's something you're considering, let's talk. I'm happy to be a resource, and offer more individualized suggestions based on your home!
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