Autumn has traditionally been a great time of year to sell a property. Everyone’s back from their summer holidays, but not yet consumed with Christmas.
Of course this year offers some unique challenges in the aftermath of Brexit, but we’re going to show you how to sell your house this autumn.
Present your garden for autumn/winter:
You should maximise your outdoor space to sell your house at any time of year. Autumn offers very different challenges to summer when it comes to using your garden as a sales tool, however.
In autumn you want to create a cosy seating area, use outdoor lighting effectively and consider the addition of a fire pit or chimenea. Summer garden toys and barbeques should be packed away out of sight.
You want to show potential buyers that your garden is an additional benefit all year round, not just a space for summer.
Keep the garden outside:
Speaking of gardens, changeable weather in autumn mean it can be difficult keeping mud and grass out in the garden.
This is especially true if you have pets or children. Make sure you invest in a quality door mat at every entrance – front door, back door and any French windows etc. It’s also wise to adopt a ‘no shoes’ policy in the house.
Of course, this can create challenges of its own, but investing in an attractive storage solution for shoes can be a great help.
Go cosy with accessories:
Accessories are key at this time of year. Make your living space look extra inviting and help your potential buyers picture themselves living there. A wicker basket full of blankets is a great way to do this.
Good quality, plump cushions will also help to make your living area looking homely and inviting. It’s also important to make the most of any fireplaces – fireplaces and wood burning stoves add real appeal if you want to sell your house this autumn.
Resolve any damp:
Moisture can become a real problem at this time of year. Temperatures drop, windows tend to stay shut and heating goes on. This can all lead to a build-up in condensation.
Any damp should be investigated thoroughly, but if the problem turns out to be a simple case of condensation there are a few things you can do. Avoid drying washing inside, air the house as much as possible, and if you’re still struggling consider investing in a dehumidifier.
Keep windows clean:
There’s less natural light around in autumn. Because of this, it’s important to keep your windows clean and sparkling. The cleaner your windows, the more natural light they’ll let into your home. More natural light means your home will feel lighter, brighter and more spacious.
Choose the scent of success:
When it comes to viewing a property, you may think sight it the most important sense, but smell has a big part to play too.
Choose a subtle, but fresh autumnal scent such as cloves and cinnamon sticks to gently fragrance your home with a seasonal twist.
As we mentioned at the start of this article, the post-Brexit property market offers some fairly sizable challenges.
Nervous buyers and market uncertainty can be cause for concern, but as long as you’re realistic they can be overcome. It all comes down to price. If you price your property competitively enough, there will be someone happy to buy it.
Don’t base your asking price on what you ‘need’ to achieve, base it on what’s realistic for the property and the area.