If you’re already thinking about selling your home this fall, you’re on the right track: $1.4 trillion of new mortgages were issued in 2008, and fall is typically one of the most popular times of year for home buyers who are determined to relocate before the winter months. That being said, curb appeal is a major factor when preparing your home for showings, and with a few simple tips, you can maximize curb appeal and sell your home as quickly as possible. Here are just a few smart staging and curb appeal tips for fall home sellers.
Glam Up Your Garage
First, many buyers feel that the condition of your home’s garage is a reflection of what they’ll see on the inside. With that in mind, even if your garage doors are already in good condition, it helps to give them a new coat of paint. If they’re beginning to show their age, consider replacing them. Not only are new garage doors more energy efficient and better insulated than older models, they also have a 91.5% return on investment.
Bring Your Lawn to Life
It should come as no surprise that your home’s yard can make or break a sale, even if winter is just a few short months away. A home with weeds and twigs all over the yard won’t make as much of an impression as a home with pristine yards and landscaping. It may even be what turns potential buyers away when they otherwise would’ve been interested in setting up a showing after looking at photos online.
“Remove dead debris and cut back overgrown shrubs. Add colorful flowers, plants with varying heights and mulch into the flowerbeds. Make sure the flowerbeds frame out the exterior of your home so they become an extension of the structure,” writes Tori Toth on U.S. News.
Furthermore, this tip isn’t just for traditionally constructed homes: it also applies to commercial property sales and even modular buildings, which are 60% to 90% completed in a factory-controlled environment, and transported and assembled at the final building site. The bottom line? Buyers will always love a beautifully landscaped lawn.
Don’t Forget the Lighting
Remember — while landscaping is a major part of curb appeal, it’s far from the only component. That being said, the fall months mean less daylight, so make sure your home has adequate lighting on both the inside and outside during showings. Potential buyers should be able to see your well-lit home from the street, so if you haven’t updated your exterior lighting in a while, now’s the time. From 1994 to 2015, immigrant homeownership rose 2.3 percentage points while U.S.-born homeownership remained flat, but regardless of who’s looking at your home’s exterior or interior, providing sufficient lighting gives all potential buyers a feeling of warmth and coziness before they even step foot in the door.
Get Festive With Fall
Finally, it can help potential buyers envision themselves living in your home when you incorporate the best elements of the season into your staging plan. Consider putting a seasonal wreath on the door, some potted plants with fall colors on the porch, or a new ‘welcome’ mat with an autumn theme. If you have any outdoor living space, adding some autumn-y elements is easier than you think.
“Don’t forget to accessorize other areas in your yard that could impress buyers,” writes Toth. “Consider updating an outdoor living or dining area with new throw pillows, cushions or a rug. Think about adding more light to define and enhance the space or even add a fireplace to set the mood that buyers can enjoy this area under the stars even on cool nights.”
So there you have it — these tips will help you get started staging your home to find the perfect fall buyer. Don’t hesitate to talk to your realtor about more fall staging tips!