Selling Your House in the Fall

home sales in the fallAdvice for Selling Your House in Autumn

Summer is the busiest time of year for home sales in Minnesota – families try to get settled before the school year and prospective buyers have more time to look at homes that are for sale. But, fall can be a busy time for real estate agents as they try to wrap up a few more sales before the market slows down in the winter. If you’re selling a home in Minnesota in the fall – you’ll find the market typically becomes more of a ‘buyers market’ – but both sides are very motivated.  Sellers are anxious for their property to sell – and buyers are hoping to get in and settled before winter arrives.

Most real estate advice – clean and de-clutter your home, keep the yard in top shape, stage rooms correctly – applies no matter which season you’re selling your home in. But, there are some specific things to keep in mind if you’re selling a home in the fall.

Fall Home Sale Tips: Clean Up and Stage Your Yard

Autumn can be tough on yards – leaves start to fall, lawns can get cluttered with debris and summer plants start to fade. Make sure you keep your yard raked and clear of dead leaves as much as possible. Cut down any dying summer flowers and plants. Swap out summer flower boxes for autumn flowers and textures. Marigolds, mums and foliage will flourish in pots along a walkway or on a front porch as the weather in Minnesota gets cooler. Hang a wreath on the front door that highlights fall colors and foliage. Clean your gutters as well and make sure they’re clear of debris and leaves.

Dress the Windows

Rain and wind from over the summer months can make your windows dusty and streaked by autumn. You might not notice smudges, but buyers will, if only on a subconscious level. To sell a home, your windows need to sparkle. Even though I am not selling my home, my cats routinely rub their little noses on the inside glass while walking along window ledges, so I need to wash my windows inside and out every autumn. Remove screens and spray them down.

Check the HVAC and Clean the Fireplace

Chances are you’ve been running your A/C all summer long. Now is the time to change your furnace filter and may sure your heating and cooling system are also checked before you turn on the heat. You’ll also find out if there are any issues you need to address before your home goes on the market. If your home has a wood-burning fireplace, make sure to have it professionally cleaned before you start showing your home. If you have a gas fireplace, prospective buyers will love to see it flickering when they visit your home.

Decorate for the Season

Fall centerpieces, decorative wreaths and light, neutral colors will all help stage your home for a fall sale. Instead of freshly baked cookies, try simmering some mulling spices or apple cider on the stove to bring the smells of fall and the holidays to your home. Open your blinds and curtains to let as much light in as possible. Turning on lamps and overhead lights will also help buyers see what your home has to offer – even if they’re visiting later in the day.

The Minnesota Association of REALTORS® is the largest professional trade association in the state with more than 19,000 members who are active in all aspects of the real estate industry. REALTORS® are dedicated to home ownership and helping people looking to buy and sell homes in Minnesota.

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