7 tips to sell your home in the Autumn
I love the autumn months. I love it for the comfy sweaters and warm drinks. I love it for all it’s cosiness. Cooking hearty stews and keeping warm in front of the wood burning stove. Thick rugs which are soft under foot and rich coloured tactile fabrics. I also love it because if you get it right, autumn is the 2nd best time of year to sell your home. Families are back from the summer breaks and the kids are back at school. We have a couple of months of calm before Christmas is upon us!
Summer months conjure up images of sitting out in the garden and enjoying a barbecue. Viewings often focus around your outside space however come the autumn that focus moves on. The weather is cooler, often dull and rainy. Think now instead of a cosy lounge with a roaring fire. Think of thick cosy rugs, throws on beds and luxurious cushions than you can snuggle up to whilst chatting with your family.
Here are our 7 favourite tips to help you achieve the right look to sell this autumn and steal a march on your competition!
1. Clear away the fallen leaves
Clear away those leaves. Sweep them up, even if they are on the street outside. Clear them out of your gutters and drains. Litter may have blown up the street. I suggest you clear this too. It may not be yours but think how a buyer may feel about it. Trim back any dead plants. Keep your home looking alive!
2. Turn on the heating
Make sure your home feels warm and inviting when buyers come around. Put your heating on a timer so it switches on an hour before they arrive. If you are home, light the fire and then pop out just before the estate agent arrives. Buyers love the glow of a fire in the autumn. A lit fire can truly change the atmosphere of any room. If this is impractical, why not use fairy lights on a battery pack. It will still give a lovely warm glow.
3. Switch on the Lights
A simple tip and one used by show homes. Switch on those lights. A simple side lamp can light up a gloomy corner. Lamps add atmosphere. Use them to highlight a reading corner. Turn them on even on your cooker hood. See how they transform your room. Use bed side lamps to make your bed the focal point of your bedroom.
4. Create Autumn Kerb Appeal
You’ve swept away the leaves, now it is time to make sure your home stands out. Look to the Americans who celebrate the fall. Why not add colour with autumn window box or hanging basket? Also ensure your windows and doors are free from grime and dirt.
5. Find space for those coats and boots
Do you have cloaks cupboard or any area where you can hang coats and boots? Don’t over pile but why not show it off. Think along the lines of a Barbour jacket and hunter wellies. Not only does this show you have the space but the it conjures up thoughts of pleasant autumn walks!
6. Bring in thick tactile fabrics
Tactile fabrics add both texture and warmth to any living room and bedroom. Plush Velvet cushions. Thick luxurious rugs. Buyers subconsciously touch. Give them a feel of luxury.
7. Add Autumn colours and smells
I love Autumnal colours. Think burnt orange, creams and shades of brown. Arrange pumpkin spiced or vanilla candles as centre pieces on a table. Add a basket of logs next to your fire. I’m even going to create a display with mini pumpkins as a table centre piece. Why not try it yourself?
My name is Michelle and I am the senior branch valuer at JDG Estate Agents. We give free moving and advise and tips to all of our clients. Why not book a free home moving consultation with us today. We are here to help you move and achieve the best price for your home.