Spring may be the peak period for property sales but the cooler season offers plenty of opportunities too.
While it’s generally accepted that spring is a busy time in the property market there can be valuable advantages to selling in autumn. The kids have returned to school, we’re all back from holidays and without the intense heat of summer it’s a lot more pleasant to get out, wander around and inspect open homes.
Moreover, without the frenzied market activity that accompanies spring, you could find your home stands out for buyers in autumn rather than having to compete against a swathe of other listings.
Capture the mood of the season
If you are preparing to sell in autumn, it’s worth taking a few key steps to ensure you capitalise on the mood of the season.
Gardens can look sensational in autumn especially if you have deciduous trees with leaves in hues of amber, red and gold. However be sure to the impression of low maintenance by raking fallen leaves from lawns. Trim back any overgrown vines or shrubs that may be encroaching on paths and entranceways.
Repair the damage of summer
Summer can really take a toll on exterior paintwork so cast an objective eye over your home’s exterior for areas of faded or peeling paintwork. It’s the sort of fault that creates an overall impression of neglect yet it’s easily fixed with a quick touch up.
Restyling your home’s interior to give an autumnal feel to rooms is easy with a few scatter cushions, throws or fresh artworks. Avoid creating clutter – it’s better to aim for neutral tones and remove highly personal objects like family photos to allow more scope for buyers to see themselves in the home.
Light is one of your home’s best selling points during the cooler months, and pruning back exterior trees will allow natural light to flood rooms. Serious buyers will want to inspect your home at various times of day, and as the days grows shorter it’s worth checking that all internal light bulbs are working and light fittings are squeaky clean. Replace are worn or dated light fittings for a more contemporary look.
Create a sensory experience
Make your property resonate with buyers by appealing to their key senses. A bowl of shiny red apples adds visual appeal. A cinnamon scented candle can infuse your home with the aromas of autumn.
Above all, give your home a thorough ‘spring’ clean so that it gleams from top to toe.
Be flexible on open times
If you do decide to sell in autumn, be sure to liaise with your listing agent the best dates and times for Open Home inspections. The first half of the year has a lot more public holidays than the second half, and the end of daylight saving in some states can create confusion over advertised inspection times.
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