I don’t know about the rest of you, but I can’t believe how fast this summer has gone by. In two days, it’s going to be September. It seems like it was just yesterday that school was ending for the summer. Maybe it was the consecutive high temperatures we’ve had in Chicago, but this summer flew by. So for those of you who will be putting your homes on the market for the fall or for those of you who have your homes listed but want a better chance of it selling now, here are a few tips to get your home sold this fall.
1. I can’t stress the importance of curb appeal. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I’ve had buyers decide not to look at the interior of a house because the exterior was so neglected. Your home could look like the Taj Mahal inside, but if the outside isn’t taken care of, it probably won’t matter. So make sure leaves are raked and clear of the driveway and walkways. Keep the lawn mowed. Nothing is more unappealing than a front lawn that looks like the rainforest. Trust me; I’ve seen it. Keep gutters free of debris so that they drain properly. If you get snow early, make sure to shovel any area that a potential buyer will walk on. Again, I’ve had people not able to reach the front door because of 12″ of snow blocking the path. If your home is vacant, make sure to go back to take care of these items or hire a service to handle it for you.
2. Keep windows clean. Nothing brightens up a room more than a sunny day. When the sun is shining through those windows, it’s pretty obvious if they’re covered in grime or dust. The house will look bigger and brighter if you open up curtains/blinds to let the sun shine through clean windows.
3. If you have rooms that are painted dark colors, considering lightening them up with something neutral, or even a light yellow color. It will make the room feel larger, brighter, and even cooler, especially as it gets dark earlier. Buyers will be able to get a better sense of what the room looks like if they come to view your home in the late afternoon/early evening.