Did you know that autumn is a fantastic time to sell a home? In fact, it is second only to summer. On the flip side, now is also a great time to start looking for your new home, as many will be coming available soon.
By the time fall arrives, most individuals and families have returned from summer vacations and are resuming normalcy, whatever that means. The kids are back in school and there are several blissful months free of ‘the holidays.’ This more relaxed time affords time and wonderfully cooler weather to let buyers shop the market.
Virginia, The Valley in particular, is priming for an amazing display of vibrant fall foliage to serve as a beautiful stage to sell your home. (Stay tuned for next week’s list of the best places to take in all of the stunning leaf-changes in Central Virginia.)
Here are some tips to bring the autumn shoppers to your door:
Clean Up the Yard
Rake dead leaves, grass, and debris in your lawn. Weed your beds for a polished look. Cutting bushes and tree limbs will let the sun inside and showcase the exterior of your home. Cut away summer vines and cut down dead flowers.
Create Autumn Curb Appeal
The most popular autumn flowers are chrysanthemums (or mums) and they bloom for a long time. I am also partial to marigolds for fall. Both mums and marigolds are available in yellow, which is the number one home selling color.
Plant them in pots or buy arrangements already in decorative pots. Decorate your steps or walkway with the flowers and accent with pumpkins, gourds, or other types of squash.
This is good advice any time of the year. Even if not consciously perceived, dirty or smudged windows leave the impression that a home is uncared for.
Make your windows sparkle – wash inside and out and remove screens and hose off debris.
Check the HVAC
Inspect your HVAC and change the furnace filter to ensure you aren’t circulating less-than-fresh air. Have the HVAC system checked before you need to turn on the heat. If you discover problems with your furnace, it’s better to fix them before your home goes on the market, as it will be discovered by the home inspector.
Fireplaces bring feelings of warmth, family, and home. They also happen to be a great selling point. If you (likely) haven’t used your fireplace in several months, vacuum it and wash it down. Arrange aromatic wood or even candles in your fireplace.
This is a classic. Make your house smell like a home the buyer wants to come home to in the evenings. Simmer hot apple cider on the stove. Put a tray of cinnamon sticks on the counter, dotted with whole cloves. Fill a bowl with crisp red apples.
Utilize Autumn Accent Colors
Bring autumn inside. Use vibrant, warm throw pillows on your couch, toss a quilt or autumn-colored throw over a chair. Create an autumn centerpiece for the dining room table by arranging pine cones and nuts around orange candles, stick in a few leaves from the yard.
Let there be Light
Light your home as much as possible. When days get shorter, the sun sets lower in the horizon and casts wider shadows. Pull up the blinds, open the shutters, push back the drapes on every window. Turn on every light in the house, including appliance lights and closet lights. Brighten darker rooms with few windows by placing spotlights on the floor behind furniture or on tabletops.
What are some of your favorite autumn home decorating ideas?