Fall is a terrific time to sell your home in the Lowcountry. The buyers are a little different than spring buyers, the fervor is more contained but the demand is just as strong! Fall purchasers know what they want and they are ready to jump when they find it!
Families have returned from summer vacations. Kids have gone back to school. The golfers are in town! Buyers are ready to be settled for the holidays. Beautiful weather helps sell houses and there isn't anything more wonderful than an 75 degree sun-shining Lowcountry afternoon.
The season begins to quiet the Saturday after Thanksgiving so we advise that you get your home listed in early September so you can take advantage of the full selling season.
Thinking about selling but don't know where to start...
Focus on Curb Appeal
Fall is gorgeous. The leaves are turning, the sky is clear...but curb appeal this time of year is crucial. You'll need to be sure to rake the leaves up constantly so buyers can see your yard, and in turn clear the gutters at least once or twice. If you've got any summer plants that have seen better days, pull them and replace with more fall-appropriate flora. Residual dust and pollen from the warmer months can leave a film on your porch and trim, so use some elbow grease to make it all pop.
Don't Go Overboard on the Fall Decor
We get it. You want to make your home look festive so you buy pumpkins, huge stems of colored leaves, and a rustic-chic skeleton for the Halloween crowd. Unfortunately too much fall decor can make your home feel dated or too lived in (just like a plethora of family photos) so you should do your best to keep it simple, non-holiday specific and relevant to the rest of your home's good points.
Check the HVAC
You want the air inside your home to smell fresh. When was the last time you changed your filters? Have the HVAC system checked before you need to turn on the heat. Besides, the buyer will ask a home inspector to look at your HVAC. If you discover problems with your system, it's better to fix it before your home goes on the market.
Consider Daylight Savings Time
Most home showings take place in the evenings (or on weekends). It's easy to forget that in fall, dark comes earlier, particularly after daylight savings time. That means you've got to have ample indoor lighting inside your home to avoid it feeling dark and claustrophobic. It's also a good idea to take note of the light at certain times of day and open curtains, adjust furniture, and use candles accordingly during showings.
Clean the Windows
Summer does work on your windows. Particularly if you have storm screens, summer grime cakes on gradually so you may not even notice your windows have lost their luster. Spend a weekend washing all your screens (here's how) and wiping the inside and outside of the glass. With limited light this time of year you want to give the sun the best chance to reach your rooms!
Prepare Yourself to Clear Out
One last thing to remember about fall home selling is that you may be asked to show your house at awkward times. School schedules, holidays (when the whole family's in town!) and end-of-year tax rebates really dictate the timeline of a sale. If you're selling in the fall you need to be flexible and understand that you might be asked to clear out of your home for an hour or two even when it's a little inconvenient. It's a small price to pay to get your property sold!
If you've been thinking of moving or upgrading to a new home, now's the right time to get your house priced correctly to sell. Give The Cobb Group a call today. We have 5 agents on our team, all ready to help you sell your house.