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Putting your house on the market in the fall

Updated: Oct 15, 2019

Temperatures are dropping, pumpkin spice lattes are back and football season is in full swing - Fall has arrived. While a lot of people believe that spring and summer months are the ideal time to buy or sell a home, fall is still a good time to put a home on the market.

A goal for buyers is often to be moved into their new homes before the holiday season, so potential buyers are still very active in the fall. That said, there are a lot of ways in which you can prepare your home for a quick fall sale. Take a look at several tips to boost your curb appeal and get your home sold this fall:

Fall Curb appeal. Buy some pumpkins, gourds, mums, and maybe even a haystack to decorate your porch with. These are great fall decor items that can actually make your home attract prospective buyers.

Keep the lawn clean. There's a good chance that your yard is full of fallen leaves this time of year. However due to the fact that temperatures are cooler and the days are getting shorter, fall is a time of the year when your grass looks its greenest and most lush. Therefore it is important that the leaves are cleared to flaunt the true potential of your lawn as well as to create the impression that your residence is well kept and taken care of. Rake daily if you need to. If you don't enjoy raking, set your lawnmower to a very low setting and bag all of the mulched leaves.

Let there be light. The days are much shorter in the fall, which unfortunately means that any natural light inside your home is probably waning during showing times. Because of that, ensure that all of the lights in your home are turned on before any showings to create a well-lit and inviting environment.

Clean that fireplace. With the weather getting cooler, fall is the ideal time of the year to light up your fireplace. If you have a gas fireplace, see to it that it is mentioned in the listing. Also, make sure that the fireplace is clean and ready to use in case the potential buyer wants to turn it on. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, also make sure that it is cleaned out and appears ready to start a cozy fire in.

Clean gutters. Along with ensuring that your yard is leaf-free, see to it that your gutters are also clean. Gutters overflowing with leaves and other debris can make potential buyers assume that the home requires too much maintenance and upkeep, which can be a turn-off.

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