09 Oct Tips for selling your house in the Autumn
With the leaves on the trees turning golden and red, and homes feeling so much cosier, Autumn is a great time of year for selling.
Lots of people who have their homes on the market in Autumn want to be in their new place by Christmas. With more buyer and seller activity, it is the second busiest period of the year.
With that in mind, here are some suggestions to help you have the best possible chance of selling in the timescale you would prefer, at the price you need:
Make sure your home looks at its Autumnal best for photography and viewings:
- First impressions count so make sure fences are gates are painted.
- Keep your garden free of leaves and branches, and make sure your lawn is getting cut regularly if it needs it.
- Clean out your hanging baskets and plant pots to remove any dead and unsightly plants. Replant with lovely Autumnal flowering plants like
- Michaelmas daisy and Goldsturm Coneflowers, so that your home looks attractive from the first moment your viewers see it.
- Moving inside, it’s time to get cosy. Light fires, switch lamps on and make sure your outside lights are on when your viewers arrive
- Properties are best viewed during the daytime. However as the days get shorter and gloomier, it’s important to consider how you can make your property look light and bright.
- Bed linen looks warm and welcoming accessorised with throws and cushions in rich, textured fabrics. Choose autumnal hues for an added essence of opulence.
- Style your home with accessories that complement the season: church candles, russet apples in bowls, and room diffusers with a hint of cinnamon and spice.
- Fill your vases with beautiful autumnal bouquets that will fill your home with colour as well as the scents of the season.
Advertise your property at an attractive price
- Comparable properties – what else could someone buy for the price you think your home is worth? How does yours compare? Will it compete well? Comparing your home with those around you on the market is what a potential buyer will do. A potential buyer won’t just be looking at houses in your street so compare your house to those of a similar size, style, age and number of bedrooms. By making sure your home is competitively priced, you’ll ensure that it’s on a buyer’s shortlist, and keep interest high from the outset.
- Sold Prices – looking at precedent, in other words, what has sold before and the relative sale prices, can give an indicator as to the possible sale value of your home. Bearing in mind that a surveyor will also use precedent when making their calculations to report to a lender, these sold prices carry considerable weight. Any property that seems to attempt to break the ‘ceiling’ price of a given area will be considered a risk. Looking at local relevant sales that have happened recently will help you better understand the potential price limit of yours.
- Online Instant Valuation Tools – these are relatively new to the UK, but becoming increasingly popular with homeowners looking for a quick answer to their question, ‘how much is my home worth?’ We use an online valuation tool on our Anthony Jones Properties website – but we find that if yours is a unique home, the results are very unpredictable. We’d love you to try it for yourself and see what result you get.
Autumnal Shades can make a beautiful brochure
Photography – we use different kinds of photography at Anthony Jones:
- Lifestyle – these are images that portray the kind of lifestyle a buyer could hope to enjoy if they buy your home. If you have styled your home to make the most of the season, your photographer can capture the cosiness of your home and its warm welcome.
- Local – buyers want to see some of the area, shown at different times of the year. In Autumn, local woods and hillsides will be transformed and look amazing in your brochure.
- Twilight – Autumn is a beautiful time of year to show your home at twilight, or dusk. An image of your home with all of its lights twinkling, and a darkening sky behind will look stunning in your property marketing.
- Description – your property description needs to bring out the very best features of your home, highlighting its lifestyle and homeliness in each sentence. Done well, a property description can really draw a reader in, and compel them to take the next action to view your home.
- Brochure– if you have styled your home beautifully for Autumn, and captured it perfectly in its photography and description, a magazine-style brochure will be your piece de resistance. A talented designer can bring your home to life on every page, and leave you with a stunning keepsake to take with you to your next home.
As you can see, the Autumn is a lovely season in which to sell your home; get all the elements right, and you could be in your new home in time to put up your Christmas tree!
If you’d like more advice on how to sell your house this Autumn, why not give us a call today on 01325-776424