The gloomy, damp mornings and 5pm sunsets seem to have officially arrived and it won’t be long until there’s a pumpkin outside every door in the street. We don’t know about you, but we think there is nothing better than getting cosy in your nice, warm home whilst watching the rain fall outside. We’ve put together 5 top tips for getting your home ready to sell this autumn to make sure your on-trend home sells in no time!
1. Rake it up
If you’ve got big trees in your garden, particularly in the front of your house, they’ll no doubt be starting to drop their leaves. Make sure you actively rake the leaves up as a combination of fallen leaves and rain makes for a very slippery pathway up to your home, a prospective buyer slipping over doesn’t make for the best first impression!
2. Make it home
A cold, stark house won’t inspire many buyers in the autumn, a cosy, homely property will make viewers picture themselves in the house, the best way to sell a home is by making it look lived in. If you’ve got a wood burner or fire, consider lighting it, it adds a nice talking point to show that it is a working fire, and will also help to warm the house, make sure that when lighting it, it doesn’t make the property feel too hot or stuffy.
A definite downside to autumn is the dark nights, with evenings drawing in earlier, prospective buyers may be viewing the property in the dark. Make sure that if you’ve got outside lights or a porch light, you have turned them on and that the house number or name is also visible to make the property easier to find. It is also worth considering buying some small solar powered lights to light along your footpath, especially if there are any steps or uneven paving.
Inside the property, it is worth drawing the curtains and turning on some soft lighting, keeping curtains shut will help make the property feel warmer.
4. Air it out
If you live in an older property, damp can start to become an issue this time of year, it might be worth looking at investing in a dehumidifier to extract any damp from the property to help remove musty smells, however, it is worth noting that if you have a serious damp problem, you should consult an expert to have it looked into, your property may need new ventilation to help air it out.
5. A lick of paint
This tip applies for all seasons, if you are looking to sell your property you need to step back and take an unbiased look, does it need a lick of paint to bring it up to scratch, are all of your carpets and floorings in good condition? If the answer is no then it is time to update the property, it may seem like you’re wasting your money spending out before a move, in fact, you will actually be helping your asking price by making small upgrades which mean in the long run you could be the winner.