Flying Homes – 6 amazing tips to sell your home in Autumn
Early autumn is widely regarded as one of the best times of year to sell your house. With summer over and kids back at school and holidays a distant memory, this is a time when home buying once again becomes a priority for many people. Christmas is still several weeks away, and people are more likely to find the time and money required for buying a house.
If you’re planning on selling your home during the autumn months there are a few steps you can take to ‘stage’ your property for the market.
1. Tend to Your Garden
Autumn is a time of real change. The temperatures can fall rapidly as winter approaches, and the trees start to lose their leaves. To ensure your garden always looks it’s very best, ensure you are raking up dead leaves on a regular basis. Your lawn and the weeds in your garden will continue to grow until the latter stages of the autumn, so it’s important to keep on top of the situation. Take the time to ensure that any dead flowers and plants removed and that any trees and hedges trimmed – particularly if they are blocking the flow of light into your home.
2. Create ‘Kerb Appeal’
Despite the changing weather and the falling temperatures, you can still take steps to ensure that your home looks fantastic during the autumn months. Planting some chrysanthemums will add a splash of colour, and marigolds also thrive at this time of year. The autumn is usually a good time to attend to any repairs, so remember to check your roof, brickwork, windows and guttering for damage. There will probably be hundreds of similar properties for sale in your area, so spend a little time ensuring yours looks fantastic from outside.
3. Maintain a Comfortable Temperature
Autumn in the UK is notoriously changeable, and temperatures can fluctuate significantly from day to day. Before the worst of the weather arrives, ensure that your heating system has received its annual servicing. Try to maintain a constant temperature of 20C in your home, and pay particular attention to this on days when you’re hosting viewings. Prospective property buyers will be acutely aware of a home that is sweltering or cold.
4. Take Some Eye-Catching Photos
The colours of autumn are often spectacular particularly if trees surround your house. Take some photos of your property with the oranges and browns of autumn as the backdrop. Estate agents will usually take care of this, but you may need to give them a little nudge.
5. Light Up Your Home
The days get shorter very quickly during the autumn, so it’s important to make the best use of light wherever you can. When the sun lowers in the sky, wider shadows cast and they can leave the rooms in your home looking dull, and in some cases, smaller. Ensure all your curtains and blinds are opened completely to make the best use of natural light and give all your windows a thorough clean. You should also utilise all the lights in your home to create bright and vibrant living areas. If necessary, you should consider the addition of some extra lamps and spotlights to brighten up shadier areas of your property. Selling houses requires careful staging, so make sure your entire property is bright and welcoming throughout.
6. Add Some Autumnal Tones
It’s always a good idea to add colours to your home that are appropriate to the season. Autumnal colours include deep reds, browns and oranges, so introduce them either through a little redecoration or the addition of some soft furnishings and fixtures. You could also create an autumnal centrepiece for your mantel or table with orange and red candles, pine cones and nuts.
Autumn is an excellent time of year for home sellers to market their property. However, if you need to sell your house in the autumn, staging it in a way that complements the season could deliver a quicker sale at a higher price. For tips on selling during the seasons of Spring, Summer & Winter, click here.