5 Ways to Boost Your Curb Appeal for the Fall Selling Season
Sellers looking to get the best price know that curb appeal plays a huge role in getting buyers through the door. Once the flowers fade and the temperature drops, however, it can be easy to overlook your outdoor space altogether. Here are five simple ways to make the most of what fall has to offer and give your home the edge it needs for a quick sale.
Improve Your Entry
With every potential buyer passing through your front door, your entryway is critical to a good first impression. Cleaning the door, sweeping the stoop, and ridding the area of dirt and cobwebs can be enough to improve the overall look of your home, but for maximum impact, lay a new doormat and replace or paint any rusted or corroded hardware, mailboxes, or light fixtures. If you’re feeling adventurous, painting your front door a different shade can be a great selling feature that can be done in an afternoon.
Let the Light Shine
While the outdoors is the natural habitat for all manner of insects, they don’t need to reside in your outdoor light fixtures. Dirty lights and windows will not only reduce your nighttime curb appeal but can also affect how much natural light makes it through to the inside of your home. A thorough cleaning of light fixtures and windows will boost the overall impression buyers have of your home and can affect their impression of the rest of the home. For added impact, place inexpensive solar lights along the border of any gardens or walkways to illuminate your yard at night.
Love Your Landscape
Given that landscaping can amount for up to 15 percent of a home’s value, keeping your yard in tip-top shape is more important in the fall than ever. Fall colors and cascading leaves may provide a romantic vision, but may leave a potential buyer focusing on how much raking they will have to do. When seasonal plants fade away, be sure to cut back the dead growth and ensure your yard is regularly raked. Even if your yard doesn’t require frequent mowing, be sure to edge walkways with a straight-edge for a clean-cut look, and add some quick color by placing pots of seasonal plants in gardens and on porches.
Whisk the Water Away
The fall tends to bring increased precipitation, which can be a deal-breaker for buyers if they feel water penetration will be a problem. To prevent pooling water, be sure the grading around the foundation slopes away from the house and use downspout extenders, if necessary, to move water out into the yard. Clean the gutters regularly, and take a good walk around your home after a heavy rain to identify any problem areas that may allow water into the house, like door and window caulking.
Don’t Overdo the Decor
Finally, while the bounty of fall can be used to enhance the beauty of your home, be wary of overdoing the decor. Too many Halloween decorations, for example, can easily detract from the beauty of your home. Try instead for colorful mums, gourds, and pumpkins in a variety of colors and sizes that can provide earthy variety without overdoing it.
Regardless of the weather, the fall is still a hot time to sell a home, and can be an incredible opportunity to make a lucrative sale. Keep in mind that most buyers will either view your home online or drive by before making a decision to visit, so a sharp curb appeal can help keep your home above the competition.
The Real Problem with the Wrong Price
They say that buying a house may be the largest investment you will ever make. Therefore, selling your house can also be the biggest reward. The key is making sure the house isn’t priced wrong.
The National Association of Realtors stated that median home prices are expected to increase 4.1% from 2015 levels. What this means is that your home’s value may be increasing. Great news! But that doesn’t guarantee that you will get what you want for it.
It is important that your home is listed for what it is worth, not what you think it is worth. When a home is not listed for its true market value, then it may cause issues for the sale of your home. Luckily, a our team can help you price your home appropriately through comparative market analysis and experience! Just ask.
Here are some ways an inflated price can negatively affect your sale:
Multiple price reductions can scare off buyers. A month goes by and you get no offers so you reduce the price. Another month goes by and another price reduction. These reductions are all public knowledge and again potential buyers may see this and decide to wait for more reductions or believe there is something is very wrong with the home.
Many buyers don’t search outside their price range. In the past, sellers overpriced their homes to entertain low ball offers. Buyers don’t have the patience for that anymore. They are searching online for homes within their price range. If you aren’t in that price range, chances are they won’t even see your property.
Missing your peak buying season. If you’ve gone through multiple price decreases, then it can leave you in a tight situation. Ideally your home is listed during the peak buying season for your area which would give you the greatest odds of selling at or above your asking price. If you are overpriced, you could miss that buying season.
Delaying buying your new home. If you want to sell your current home before you purchase a new home, then you could lose out on buying opportunities and end up with fewer options.
Financing can fall through. If your home is overpriced, a poor appraisal could delay or cancel the buyer’s loan.
Thankfully, our team have access to information that you likely may not. Many are also experts in the area; we know what homes are being listed for and what homes have sold for. Most importantly, we have tools that easily show you, the seller, how much your home is worth. There are many variables that have different values on a home. With the help of our team, you can find a listing price that accurately reflects the current value of your home and will ideally sell your home quickly and perhaps for above listing price.
Call Tony Maurer, Coldwell Banker Burnet today to discuss how I may be of assistance to you.