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Selling your house in the fall

Selling your house in the fall

In the real estate market, spring is generally perceived as the ideal time to sell. But what are buyers to do in the fall?┬áSelling your home in the chillier months can sound like a daunting task, but it’s not anywhere near impossible. Keep these tips in mind as you consider whether to sell sooner rather than later.

  • Maintain the landscape – Keep the grass mowed, rake the leaves, cleanup flower beds, prune trees and shrubs, and add seasonal mums or other fall plants.
  • Warm it up — This isn’t the time to go scrooge; set your thermostat in the upper 60’s so that buyers can walk through your house in a pleasant ambient temperature.
  • Light it up — Open up curtains and blinds to allow sunlight to flow into the house and turn on interior lights.
  • Price it right — Work with a knowledgeable real estate professional to determine the fair market price that will attract motivated buyers.

Fall can often mark the second peak of home sales, particularly after a sluggish summer when sales dip — buyers are busy moving into the homes they recently purchased, and homeowners are on vacation. In October and November, most buyers don’t have the luxury to simply eye shop; they have to be serious about finding the right property. Also, those who put off purchasing in the warm season are still out there.