Fall is a wonderful time to sell a home, even though it is not typically thought of as the optimal time for selling. While spring and summer are excellent and often highly profitable seasons for homeowners considering selling, selling your home in the warmer months is far from essential.
As we head into fall, your sale can benefit from the urgency of families relocating closer to preferred schools, the reduction of competition with other sellers, the festive atmosphere, the appeal of winter in Colorado Springs, and much more. However, since this time of year often sees a slower real estate market than spring and summer, you'll want to take several additional steps to ensure you can sell your home quickly and efficiently at a great price.
Make Repairs for Any Noticeable "Flaws" In The Home
Don't go overboard with any major remodeling projects as those tend not to earn your money back when you sell, and they can be a major headache. Instead, take a walk through your home and look for areas that could use a little polish or repair. For example, think about a fresh coat of paint, new cabinet hardware, or polishing wood fixtures. Other simple repairs such as sticky doors, burned out bulbs, and other noticeable flaws should be fixed. If you want a quick sale, you want buyers to be able to see themselves in the home and if there are too many small things that need to be repaired, buyers may only be able to envision themselves making repairs. Your goal should be to make minor flaws disappear and fade into the background so buyers are free to imagine their future.
Amp Up The Curb Appeal
In fall, gardens and yards can quite easily end up looking drab; the gray skies don't typically aid in the presentation of the home's best features. Make sure you make a great first impression on buyers by putting a little extra effort into curb appeal.
Dashes of color, manicured lawns, and exteriors that are sparkling clean are ultra-valuable. In fall, lighting is also important so ensure any outdoor lights are cleaned of junk and debris. You can even consider purchasing new exterior lighting to add luminosity to the homes.
Incorporate gorgeous coach lights, path and walkway lighting, garden lighting, or even net lights for your hedges that will stun and delight in the evenings.
Embrace The Spirit of Fall
Embrace the spirit of fall with season-appropriate decor and ambiance. Go for warm lights that cast a soft, luxurious glow. Use earthy tones and fall colors throughout the home while keeping things minimalistic. Place pumpkins outside, offer warm drinks and seasonal snacks at open houses or viewings, and make use of your fireplace if you have one.
Hire A Stager
Staging is something that sellers are often hesitant to add to their pre-sale to-do lists. It's understandable — with so many existing costs and things to think about, it can be easy to decide to stage your home yourself.
But while professional staging can be incredibly valuable at any time of year, in fall it can give your home that extra edge to catch buyer's attention at a time of year when many are not seriously looking. It can make your home look more luxurious, expensive, and enticing and maximize the space you have.
Hire A Local Real Estate Agent
Hiring a qualified real estate agent who knows the area well is always important, but it is even more critical in the seller's off-season. Military Home Search's team of Colorado Spring property experts is the perfect choice for your fall home sale. We can ensure your home gets the buyer attention, marketing, and preparation it needs to sell well this autumn. Connect with us today - we'd be happy to help.
Lauren Schneider, Real Estate Agent and Military Relocation Professional (MRP)
Lauren Schneider has lived in Colorado Springs for nearly 20 years and knows that the military is what keeps this town ticking, which is one of the reasons she's chosen to pursue her dream of helping military families with all of their homebuying needs. Learn more about Lauren or start your home search now.