The house-buying market continues to move rapidly. It’s a great time to sell your home, but for the best results, take a few steps to make sure your home is attractive and will fetch the best price. The autumn season gives way to falling leaves, crackling fires and cozy family time.
Here are six ways to prep your house for a sale in the fall.
1. Keep up with your yard
Leaves are starting to fall quickly now. Rake and bag them on a daily basis; you never know when a potential buyer will show. Clean your gutters; potential buyers will take note of leaking gutters or clogged downspouts.
Make buyers feel your house offers everything they want in a home.
2. Check your furnace
Hire an HVAC pro to check your heating unit or furnace. Would-be buyers will be taking a close look at this, and you want it to be in the best shape. A furnace making strange noises or not working perfectly is a big turnoff. A professional inspection will address all parts of the system and head off potential problems. Make sure you stay on top of filter changes, too.
3. Focus on the fireplace
Hire a certified chimney sweep who can inspect and clean your fireplace. Too much creosote can cause blockage, reduce airflow and potentially lead to chimney fires. A crisp, clear fireplace makes a great impression. You never know if there’s debris up above or bird’s nests on the exterior that will create blockage or back up smoke.
4. Create a fall first impression
You want the first impression of your house to convey a look of fall. Place a fall wreath, but take care not to overdo Halloween decorations. Use lots of pumpkins, corn and gourds in different sizes near the front door to add pops of color.