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7 Tips for Preparing Your Home for the Fall Real Estate Market

Sunday Oct 07th, 2018

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While the leaves in Southern Ontario are just starting to change, the official start of the fall real estate market was weeks ago. But, if you are thinking of listing your home for sale, it’s not too late. There is still time to take advantage of this hot market and make your move. 

And, truthfully, it’s a great time to list: families have resumed regular routines, school is back in swing and potential buyers have the itch to relocate (just like you).

To make the most of the season and attract more home buyers, here are some tips to help you get your house ready for a fall sale:

Tidy Your Outside Spaces
Make the best first impression with potential buyers by cleaning up your landscaping for the season. This includes raking up fallen leaves and pulling out past-due annuals, as well as pruning trees and shrubs so they don’t hide your home’s beautiful features. For colour, add seasonal plants to your gardens or urns, like vibrant mums and fall grasses. Fresh mulch is also a nice touch.

Make Your Windows Shine
Summer rain, dirt and dust can cause your windows to look grimy by fall. This filth also makes the interior of your home look dark since the sunlight cannot fully filter through. Before you open your home to buyers, take a day to wash the interior and exterior of your windows, including the screens. This work is tedious, but it does show pride of ownership.

Inspect the HVAC System
After a long summer hiatus, your home’s heating and ventilation system could use some TLC. With colder weather approaching, you want to be sure that your furnace is working well. Schedule a maintenance inspection with an HVAC repair service to guarantee that your system is functioning optimally. If there are problems that need to be addressed, it’s better to be aware of them now versus during a house inspection. Don’t forget to change your furnace filter to keep your home smelling fresh. 

Leverage Your Fireplaces
With the cooler temps and chilly weather, nothing feels more welcoming or cozy than a fireplace crackling in the background. If your home has a wood burning hearth, have it professionally swept and take time to stage it with wood logs to highlight this selling feature. Many homes also have gas fireplaces, which are appealing to buyers because of the convenience. Before showings, be sure to turn them on for added ambiance and coziness. 

Embrace Fall Aromas
Baking a fresh apple pie is a common home selling trick, but it’s also a sure-fire way to mess up a tidy kitchen right before a showing. Another option is to embrace fall aromas, like cinnamon, apple or pumpkin, using essential oils, potpourri or scented candles. But, remember – don’t go overboard. Subtle is best, as you don’t want to offend sensitive sniffers. 

Accessorize with Autumn Accent Colours
After decluttering and depersonalizing your spaces, it’s natural for them to look bare. Warm up your couches, chairs and beds with comfy throws, blankets and pillows in autumnal hues and textured fabrics, like chenille, herringbone or corduroy. Wool rugs and substantial draperies can also define spaces and up their cozy quotient. 

Let There Be Light
Shorter days mean less sunlight to make your home feel light and bright. To combat the premature darkness, pull up your blinds, open shutters and push back drapes in every window. You’ll also want to turn on any exterior lights surrounding your home, as well as any lights inside. Focus on overall lighting, task lighting and lighting for ambiance to give your spaces a nice layered look.

Your Mississauga Real Estate Sales Representative
As a qualified realtor, I work closely with my clients to navigate the competitive fall real estate market, price their home accordingly and aim for a successful sale. I also handle all aspects of your home's real estate marketing initiatives, which means no upfront or additional costs to you.

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