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7 Tips To Stage Your Home for the Fall Real Estate Market

Tuesday Sep 27th, 2022


If you are thinking of selling your Mississauga home, fall is a fantastic season to list. The market is robust with buyers looking to settle before the holidays, and the autumn colours can do wonders to your curb appeal.

To attract the most home buyers, here are some tips to help you stage your house for a fall sale:

Tidy Your Outside Spaces
Make a great first impression for the season by raking fallen leaves, removing old annuals and pruning trees and shrubs to highlight your home's best features. You can also add plants to your gardens or urns, like colourful mums and fall grasses, and top-up your mulch for a finishing 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, 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 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 your system is functioning. If problems need to be addressed, it's better to fix 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 than a cozy 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. Many homes also have gas fireplaces, which sellers can turn on for showings for extra ambiance. 

Embrace Fall Aromas
Baking a fresh apple pie is a common home-selling trick, but it's also a surefire way to mess up a tidy kitchen 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 draperies can also define spaces and make a welcoming impression.

Let There Be Light
Shorter days mean less light to make your home feel sunny and bright. To combat the darkness, pull up your blinds, open shutters and push back drapes in every window. You'll also want to turn on any exterior and interior lights.

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 homes 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.

To learn more about my home selling services or schedule a free, no-obligation evaluation, please contact me, Deborah Clerk, Real Estate Sales Representative, ASA with Keller Williams Real Estate Associates, Brokerage, in Mississauga.

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