We put together our top 5 tips for selling your home in the fall. Contrary to popular belief, fall is actually the perfect season to sell your home. The leaves may be turning and the air might be getting chilly, but that doesn't mean that the real estate market is cooling down as well. One of the main reasons is that, in general, there are fewer listings on the market which means there is a bigger pool of buyers and less competition as a seller. Competing in a smaller market can be a very powerful bargaining chip to help you close before the end of the year.
As a result of fewer listings, the market will be full of serious homebuyers. Fall buyers are eager to find and settle into their new home before the winter season creeps up, meaning a fast and smooth closing for you. So if you are on the fence, wondering whether or not you should list your home in the fall, you should! Prepare your home to sell, take advantage of the big pool of motivated buyers, and sell your home for top dollar.
Here are our Top 5 Tips for Selling Your Home in the Fall.
Tip #1: Spice up your interior with fall decor
Settle but fun decor can spruce up the overall look of your home and give it more of a cozy at home feeling for buyers. Ultimately, most staging experts agree that staging your listing with fall decor is valuable. You don’t want your autumn decorations to be the main focus, or to distract attention from the best selling points of your house. Instead, you want them to accentuate the space and help house hunters see your home’s possibility and charm to help them imagine them making the home their own.
Tip #2: Decorate your front door for maximum curb appeal
Fall is one of the best seasons for home decorations and you may think hanging a wreath on your front door won't do anything, but it instantly enhances your curb appeal. With every potential buyer passing through your front door, your entryway is critical to a good first impression to giving buyers a connection to your home from the "first hello."
Tip #3: Tidy up the exterior
Keeping your front and back yard free of leaves is crucial when listing your home in the fall. To achieve masterful front door curb appeal, your front steps, porch, siding and, yes, the door itself must be free of dirt, grime and debris. Simple exterior things "adds up", buyers might get the impression that you have not paid attention and maintained the outside of the home. It will overall avoid buyers from wondering what else might be wrong with the inside of the home.
Tip #4: Be prepared to sell your home and move fast!
Homes are still on and off the market within days, so be sure to discuss with your realtor a plan of action when it comes to your home selling fast. One of the "lucky" aspects of a hot market is that outdated or quirky homes sell more quickly than they otherwise would. As buyers become more and more desperate for a home, they become more willing to overlook cosmetic flaws, and might even be more willing to accept pricey fixes such as an old roof or leaky windows.
Tip #5: Embrace the Michigan fall season
Regardless of what area you reside in Michigan, there will always be the autumn season. Embrace and enjoy it. Check out the local nurseries for decor which is appropriate for fall and again is not over the top.