Now that Labor Day has come and gone, you may be wondering if you missed your best chance to sell your North County home. While summer is often thought of as the hottest selling season, that doesn’t mean you’re now left out in the cold. In fact, autumn can actually be a great time to sell your home. Here’s what you need to do in order to get your home ready for a fall sale.
Create curb appeal
Here in North County San Diego we’re lucky to have year-round temperate weather. That means buyers will expect your North County home to have a fabulous yard no matter the time of year. Clean up the landscaping, trim bushes and trees, weed your flower beds, and clean the gutters. Add color with plants and flowers that thrive in the fall. Give a nod to the season with some tasteful décor – perhaps some potted mums and pumpkins on the front porch or a wreath with autumnal colors. Don’t go overboard with decorations, keep them simple and to a minimum.
Take photos now
If you’re planning to list in a few weeks, it may be beneficial to take photos of the exterior of your home now. This is especially true if you have any trees that lose their leaves in the fall and winter. Once you’ve spruced up your curb appeal, have photos taken to capture your home in the height of its natural beauty.
Test your HVAC system
Selling in the fall means that the weather could be a little more unpredictable. You never know when we’ll have an unseasonably warm or cool day that would require you to turn on the AC or the heat. Test these systems before you show the house to make sure they’re in good working order. While you’re at it, change all the filters. You don’t want to have a mishap when potential buyers come through or discover a major problem when it’s time for the inspection.
Keep the lights on
One way that the fall season will directly impact your home sale is the light – or lack thereof. As we get further into fall, the days get shorter and the nights get longer. It’s essential that your home is well-lit when potential buyers see it. Make sure each room has adequate lighting, even during the day. Open all the curtains and supplement with lamps as needed. You may also want to install some landscape lighting if you don’t already have it.
Understand your buyers
While you may see less foot traffic in the fall than you do in the spring or summer, that isn’t always a bad thing. Yes, there may be fewer people in the market to buy a home in the fall. But those buyers tend to be more motivated and serious. You’ll get fewer people who are “just looking” and more who are ready to buy a home.
Work with an experienced North County agent
When you work with an agent that has years of experience in your North County market, you can feel confident knowing you’re in expert hands. An experienced agent will know how to best price your home and where to find potential buyers. If you’re looking for a partner to sell your North County home, click here or call 760-758-1211 to speak with the Cristine Clark & Jamie Gilman Team. We’ve sold one home every 3.3 days since 1997, and we’d love to help you sell yours!