If you are planning to put your house up for sale, then consider doing so in the fall season. It is considered to be a good time to sell for a number of reasons — the hot summers are over, the vacations are done, the kids are back in school and it’s not as cold as winters, which allows the buyers to attend different open houses leisurely and comfortably. If you are thinking of tapping the benefits of selling your home in the fall, keep the following tips in mind.
1. Analyze the Market
Before you decide to sell your home, you must conduct a market analysis to determine how the sale would fare. Understand if the real estate business in your area is the middle of a sellers market, a buyers market, or a balanced market.
A sellers market is when there are more people willing to buy a house as compared to the houses on sale. In a sellers market, you might get more than the market value of the house. On the other hand, a buyers market exists when there are more houses to sell than there are willing and able home buyers in the market. The buyers can purchase a house for the market value or less than it. Lastly, a balanced market is when there are almost the same houses for sale as there are ready and able home buyers. This type of market results in the sale price of the homes close to their market value.
Once you analyze the market and determine what your area is experiencing, you can put a price tag on your home accordingly.
2. Conduct Necessary Inspections
Make sure that you check your HVAC system before bringing the buyers in. Call the heating and cooling professionals to inspect your HVAC system and clean it. You won’t get a good deal on the house if the buyer finds issues with the HVAC system. Apart from that, check if there are any plumbing or electric issues, and if the doorways, windows and cracks are sealed properly. Make sure that the fireplace is functional and is cleaned well. Ensure that you fix all such issues before you put the ‘For sale’ sign outside your home.
3. Prep the Exteriors
Make sure that the exteriors of your house are clean and welcoming. The fall season will bring in dead leaves and dry twigs, which can bring down the aesthetic appeal of your garden, driveway or porch. When you sell your house in the fall, you need to strike off some tasks — raking the dry leaves, aerating the lawn, weeding the flower beds, discarding loose twigs and sticks, and trimming the flower beds and shrubs. Don’t forget to clean your yard and gutters too.
4. Increase the Curb Appeal
Bring in the ‘fall flowers’ such as chrysanthemums and marigolds. They will instantly add color and warmth to your curb and make it appealing. Buy some potted plants and place them along the sidewalk.
5. Light up the Interiors
Make the interiors warm and inviting. Bring in as much light as possible. Pull up the blinds, open the windows, let the sunlight fill the house during the day. As the night falls, turn on every light in the house. This will not only make the house look warm but allow your buyers to get a better view of the interiors.
If you want to get your HVAC systems inspected before putting your house up for sale, call us at Service Champions. We will ensure that your HVAC system is set and ready for the sale.