This time of year is all about change — the leaves are changing, the weather is changing and routines are changing. And if you’re thinking about making a big change and selling your home, fall couldn’t be a better time.
As great as summer is, it can be a busy time of year. Between entertaining out-of-school children and trying to squeeze in as much adventure and activity into these short months, the time seems to fly by. When you’re trying to get the most out of summer, sometimes selling a home is the last thing you want to be doing.
Once fall hits though, it’s as if time slows down. The kids are back in school, the scenery transforms beautifully and there is a calmness in the air, making this the perfect time to put your house on the market.
Here are our tips for selling a home in fall.
As this is a time of transition in the weather, certain plants and greenery can turn brown, die or shed leaves. It’s important to spend some time tidying up your outdoor space by raking any fallen leaves, trimming bushes and tree limbs and removing any dead plants or flowers.
Embrace the Fall Mood
Take advantage of the sights, sounds and smells of fall in order to create the perfect mood for prospective homebuyers. Embrace the colours of fall when decorating indoors and outdoors and use warm tones to accent. You can also use seasonal decorations such as pumpkins, pine cones and seasonal flowers.
There are certain smells which evoke the spirit of fall, think of pumpkin pie or spiced apple cider: cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and ginger. Utilizing these smells will create a warm atmosphere and make your home feel cozy. Try burning scented candles, or even preparing fall-themed treats for guests during an open house.
Clean Out the Fireplace
If your home has a fireplace, it’s important to have it properly cleaned by a professional before lighting it for the first time in the fall. Cobwebs and other debris can gather in the chimney over the summer, which can cause issues and even be dangerous when lit. If your fireplace has a glass door, ensure that it is sparkling clean also. Be sure to have a nice fire burning during an open house or showing, as a fireplace is often a highlight for prospective homebuyers.
Turn on the Lights
As the weather cools, the days begin to get shorter. When showing your home, it is important to have sufficient lighting as you do not want your home to appear dark and gloomy. Be sure to have curtains and blinds pulled away from windows to let any natural light in. Turn on the lights in every room and set up lamps in areas that are darker.
If you’ve been thinking of selling your Whistler home or investment property, contact me today to find out what your property may be worth.