As you enter into the colder weather, the days will get shorter and the real estate market may get a little bit thinner. However, there is still a chance that you will be able to sell your home. For that reason, you need to make sure that your home is always ready for a prospective buyer to see it when your property is for sale. You never know when one may be driving buy or when your realtor may bring one by to see your home, so the house must always be ready. Here are five tips that will ensure your home is ready during this particular time of the year and that you don't accidentally sabotage your own sale:
1. Don't Go Overboard with the Decorations at Halloween.
While you may normally get really gory with your decorations at Halloween, this isn't the year for it. It is fine if you want to put out some pumpkins and maybe a couple of other safe décor pieces in your yard, but you don't want to go overboard with a fake séance set-up. You never know whether potential buyers will be amused with your décor choices or displeased with them. The last thing you want to do is to offend a buyer that was interested in putting in an offer on your home and then decided not to simply because of decorations in your yard.
2. The Same Is True with Thanksgiving and Christmas.
While most people won't necessarily be dissatisfied with over-the-top Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations, they could view it as too much and not be able to get a good feeling of the home. The home won't be seen in its absolute best light, which is ultimately what you need to aim for. So, you need to stick to light and tasteful displays. Don't try to outdo the Griswolds from the movie National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.
3. Maintain Your Home's Curb Appeal.
Apart from keeping an eye on the amount of decorations that you are putting out, it is also important to maintain your yard, as this is a very important part of your overall curb appeal. Most buyers are going to be pretty understanding that your yard is covered in fall leaves; however, it doesn't mean that you should allow your yard to remain unkempt. After all, this will not make a good impression. Keep your yard mowed during the fall and winter and ensure the leaves are picked up on a regular basis during the fall. In the winter, make sure sidewalks and other walking areas are kept clear of snow and ice.
4. Allow Plenty of Light to Enter the Home.
Natural light is always a winner with potential buyers, so open the the blinds and allow the light to shine in. A benefit of this natural light is that it will help make your home look fresher and larger. Just make sure that you have cleaned the windows and that they are sparkly clean!
5. Get Your Fireplace Going.
If you have a fireplace in the home, make sure that it is ready to be fired up on cool days. There's truly nothing that says "warm, cozy and inviting" like a real fire. Sweep the inside out and clean the doors. Apply a fresh coat of paint on the inside if it is starting to wear away.Share