Selling or Buying a Home Shouldn’t Be Scary

Fall is a beautiful time of the year. Will your home be more valuable in 6 months? Some believe that the best time to sell is in the spring when there are the most buyers. However, that is also the time with the most inventory.

So, what about now, fall and winter? A good idea, perhaps, since it is a time of less competition and there are fewer houses on the market.

We can give you an estimate of what your home might sell for right now. Comparable home sales and a market analysis can help you decide if this is the right time to sell.

Fall is a great time for selling your home

Set the scene and help the buyers see themselves happily living in this house.

Consider things such as putting a warm throw on the sofa or folding back the thick comforter on the bed. Tap into “the simple things” this time of year that make you feel like you’re home. Making your home cozy, warm and inviting is a perfect environment to attract a buyer.

Fall is a good reminder to do a few things around the house .

Here is a simple check list of things to do around your house before winter.

• Clean your fireplace and wood-stove chimneys.
• Schedule a furnace inspection.
• Clean the air-conditioning condenser unit. Ask about discounts in the winter months.
• Make sure smoke detectors and CO2 detectors are working.
• Clean shutters.

Keep your home from looking like a Haunted House to Potential Buyers

Look at the outside of your home from the “eyes” of a buyer. Is the paint chipping or faded? Do the eves need painting? Do the shrubs and trees need a sprucing up? A buyer’s first impression of your home is the most powerful and lasting. If your home lacks “curb appeal”, potential buyers may continue driving past your home without even entering as though it was Haunted.

• Have your lawn cut every week while your home is on the market.
• De-clutter the yard. Store lawn equipment, children’s toys and other outdoor items.
• Plant colorful flowers to spruce up the landscaping.
• Trim bushes away from the house and entryway. Consider removal of trees that block light.
• Install new numbers that are visible from the street.

In the end, you want to be one of few rather than one of many.Boo Ya

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