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Getting a Jump Start on Preparing Your Home for the Fall Market

You’ve probably heard the expression, “The early-bird gets the worm.” It refers, of course, to those who get in early and reap the rewards. Well, this same wisdom can be applied to selling your home. I know, I know…hardly seems necessary to start thinking about preparing your home for the fall market when you’re still soaking up the sun in August. But you’d be surprised how quickly the fall and winter months will sneak up. So starting the process early — even if that means simply doing some initial planning — gives you the edge in several ways.

Here’s how to prep your home for the fall market and be way ahead of the game!

Curb Appeal: Boosting your curb appeal isn’t only important for the spring market. As the weather changes, so will the appearance of your home. That’s why it’s so important to maintain its aesthetic value. As September creeps in, rid your lawn and walkways regularly of any unsightly leaves. This will give buyers a clear view of how gorgeous the yard really is and doesn’t impede their access to your home. Remember that days are shorter in the fall and winter months, so you’ll likely have showings at night. Fix your home with strategically placed outdoor lighting so your property will appear brightened and welcoming as opposed to dark and daunting. Lighting will also highlight your architecture, walkways, or deck, drawing attention to what you want shown. Now’s also an excellent time to pick up some seasonal décor for the upcoming months. Visit your local home décor store and choose items that will spruce up your home’s look. You’ll likely snag some great deals on fall decor in the summer off season. Simply store your purchases away for now and have them at the ready in the fall, for when you need to start staging. Think ‘cozy and warm,’ and stay away from knick-knacks. Tip: Wreaths and wooden flower boxes are always big hits in the fall!

Clear the Gutters and Prepare Water Heater: Keep your property in top notch shape by maintaining your gutters and ridding them of any leaves and debris. Also, don’t wait too long for draining the water heater and clearing out the tank. This will prevent any clogging or water damage from occurring and will ensure your home is inspection ready.

Ensure Heating System is Ready to Go! Dust and clear your vents of any surrounding clutter and don’t wait till it’s already frigid outside to get your heating system inspected. Rather, schedule a professional inspection now and ensure everything is in working order. The last thing you want is to have a buyer walk into a cold house. Selling a home is all about building a good atmosphere and a chilly interior doesn’t exactly scream welcome! Prepare your home now, so it’s looking and feeling warm for when the time comes to sell!

Plan to Declutter: As the weather gets colder, we tend to start piling on layers of fall clothing. Items like scarves, hats, gloves, and boots can really pile up and clutter an entryway. Overcrowded coat hooks and closets aren’t exactly appealing either. Consider investing in some tasteful storage to keep your belongings hidden and more organized as the season rolls in. Shelving cabinets, bins and racks can all be utilized to tuck any unsightly items away. Also, an entry bench with built in drawer units, is both aesthetically pleasing and practical. Buyers want to envision themselves in the home, so removing any distractions is key!

Photograph Your Home Now: Don’t wait till your home is already listed in the fall to have professional photos taken of your property. The fall is known for its gloomy weather, and that backdrop will only reflect on your home’s appeal in the photographs. The summer is a wonderful time to get photos taken, as everything appears brighter, more colorful, and livelier. However, if you’re stuck taking photos in the fall, don’t fret! Refer to tip 1 and just tidy up your curb appeal. Also, avoid taking the photos on a cloudy day and aim for clear skies.

There you have it, some easy tips on how to start preparing your home for the upcoming fall market. Getting started now means you can get your home cleaned, uncluttered and staged and avoid scrambling to get your home ready for sale in the fall. With all your initial preparations done, you’ll be able to put your home on the market at a moment’s notice. That’s a huge advantage that’s likely to lead to selling your property more quickly and for the best price!

Need some extra advice on getting an early start on selling your home? Feel free to call or email me today! I am happy to help!

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