How To Get Your Home Ready To Sell This Fall

Tuesday Aug 15th, 2017


The market may have cooled off over the summer but the fall real estate market is always a hot season. Summer vacations are over, kids go back to school and everyday life routine settle back in. It’s a great time to sell a home.

If you have been thinking of selling your Oakville, Burlington, Milton or Mississauga home and hope to have a for sale sign up this Fall, now is the time to prepare your home to attract buyers.

Find The Right Real Estate Agent

Sue Heddle Homes has been supporting clients in the Halton and Toronto area for ten years and proudly offers free home staging to all of her clients.  Sue is a top real estate agent in Oakville and the surrounding areas, and will meet with you personally and find out more about why you are selling your home and how her team can make the process easy and successful for you. If you want to sell your home this Fall, contact Sue to get started!

Sue Heddle Homes 8 Tips For Attracting Home Buyers This Fall

Sue Heddle Oakville Real Estate

1. Clean Up The Yard

Cut away summer shrubs and cut down dead flowers. Rake up any dead leaves and twigs in your lawn. Any overgrown vegetation that blocks windows or pathways should be cleared away so that you can showcase the exterior of your home. Make sure that there are no bushes or tree limbs blocking windows so that the sunlight can stream inside as much as possible.

2. Create Seasonal Curb Appeal

Did you know that the most popular autumn flowers are chrysanthemums?  A top second choice are marigolds. Both of these flowers are available in yellow (a top home selling color) as well as oranges and reds – perfect Fall accents. Place potted flowers on the front steps or along the walkway and accent with pumpkins, squash or other Fall harvest items.

3. Clean The Windows

The summer months are busy – lots of people going in and out of their homes, hosting parties and enjoying more outside time.  This usually results in dusty and streaked windows by the time September rolls around. When you want to sell your home, your windows need to sparkle. Wash your windows inside and out in addition to removing screens and spraying them down.

4. Have The HVAC Serviced

You want the air inside your home to smell fresh. When was the last time you changed your furnace filter? It is a good idea to have the HVAC system checked before you need to turn on the heat. Discovering problems with your furnace before your home goes on the market means that you can fix them and avoid issues showing up during a home inspection.

5. Make The Fireplace Work For You

A wood-burning fireplace can be a real attraction point for home buyers. But if it is filled with cobwebs and dust because you haven’t used it in months, it makes it harder for prospective buyers to picture themselves happily cozied up in front of a crackling fire in their new home.  Be sure to vacuum it out and wash it down, and arrange wood logs or candles inside. If you have a gas fireplace, light it when buyers come through, but make sure the glass is clean!

6. Utilize Autumn Tastes And Smells

Simmer hot apple cider on the stove and put a tray of cinnamon sticks on the counter. Leave a freshly baked apple or pumpkin pie in the kitchen. Fill a bowl with seasonal apples.

7. Dress Your Home For Fall

Accessorize furniture with bright red, orange or golden yellow tones – think throw pillows, rugs and towels. Toss a quilt or autumn-colored throw over a chair. After you've cleared away all the clutter and depersonalized each room, bring autumn hues into each room. Create an autumn centerpiece for the dining and kitchen table using things like pine cones, candles or leaves. A home stager can really help you increase the appeal to buyers and sell your home quickly.

8. Turn on the Lights Everywhere

In the Fall, the days get shorter and the sun casts wider shadows. Pull up the blinds, open the shutters and push back the drapes on every window. Turn on every light in the house, including appliance lights and closet lights.

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