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Selling a home in autumn – our top tips

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Wed 14 Sep 2016

Selling a home in autumn – our top tips

Despite abnormally glorious weather for this time of year, you may be considering whether now is a good time to put your house on the market.  With autumn just around the corner  (astronomical autumn starts on 22 September) we're here to help you make the most of one of the busiest times of the year for property sales.

Summer holidays are a distant memory and the new academic term for students is already under way - so now is the time that many look for a new property.  But there is a catch as any sale usually has to be completed by the end of November as everyone wants to be settled before the Christmas festivities kick in.

If you're looking to move – what can you do to stand out from the crowd and sell your property before the advent deadline? 

Here are our tips to make this happen:

Forget 'Spring Clean' – embrace 'Autumn Spruce'

Cleaning is a must at any time for savvy vendors.  A clean house conveys to buyers that your home is well cared for and makes it appear brighter and more spacious.  Pay particular attention to bathrooms and kitchens as untidiness in these areas can often result in an under-price offer or at worst be a deal breaker.

Also don’t forget the space outside.  Rake dead leaves and debris from your lawn. Don't let overgrown vegetation block the windows or path to the entrance. Cutting bushes and trees will let the sun inside and showcase the exterior of your home. Cut away summer vines and cut down dead flowers.

Create autumn curb appeal

The most popular autumn flowers are chrysanthemums and they bloom for a long time. Plant these and other seasonal flowers in pots in the garden and on the driveway and you can accent with pumpkins and other types of squash for that splash of autumnal colour.

Selling a sensory experience

According to research, fresh bread and coffee are in peoples’ top five favourite aromas and known to make a house attractive to house buyers. But you can achieve a similar sensory experience with the use of a vase of fresh-cut flowers and scented candles.

Experiment with texture and invest in fluffy towels, cushions, and throws which can inexpensively update any room.  Look through magazines and find out “what’s on trend” in the designer seasonal colour palette.  Our research suggests warm autumnal colours such as terracotta and chocolates are perennially popular. Accent colours on walls, cushions and picture frames will keep your property on trend without breaking the bank.

Let there be light

When the days get shorter and the nights draw in lighting a property will be key to showing it in a good light. So pull up the blinds, open the shutters, and tie back the curtains on every window. Turn on every light in the house and replace any old or used bulbs with new ones to give out more light. Arrange viewings with potential purchasers whenever possible during daylight hours.  If this is not an option ensure the property is well lit before viewings take place.

Clean out the fireplace and heat the house

Ah, nothing smells more like autumn than smoke from a wood-burning fireplace or real fire and if you have this facility light the fire and captivate any would-be-buyer with this focal point.  If you only have central heating make sure this is on ensuring that your home is warm and welcoming. 

Buyers are ready. Are you?

The autumn selling season will be in full swing sooner than you think. Interest Rates are still low, and there are some good mortgages available.  Buyers are already registering with us their desire to move.

If you're planning to sell your home in 2016, you need to be ready now.
Call Callaways on 01273 735237 for a free valuation and let our team pull out all the stops to make your house stand out from the crowd; or Click the link below for a FREE no obligation appointment and one of our consultants will visit your property to see how we can help get you moving.

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