There is nothing like lounging on a patio, enjoying the long lazy days of summer with a cold drink in your hand, and myths about the fall real estate market a distant thought. The sounds of children playing in the yard floats through the air, and the sidewalks are full of happy couples strolling through the neighbourhood, taking the time to get to know their neighbours a little better. Before long, the highlights of summer will come crashing down, and your days will be full of back to school shopping, carpooling to sporting events, and re-organizing your sweater collection.
On top of that, new homebuyers and sellers have the added difficulty of navigating the current real estate market with the myths about the fall real estate market floating around. While we hope you are reading this while soaking up everything summer has to offer, because it won’t be long before the tips below will become very handy.
Common Myths About the Fall Real Estate Market
1.) Summer is Over, Why Bother with Curb Appeal?
In a few weeks, summer will come to a screeching halt, but that doesn’t mean the extra attention the exterior of your home has been receiving has to come to an end as well. Make sure your fall curb appeal is exactly where it needs to be by ensuring walkways and gutters are free of leaves and debris, and ensure your lawn is always mowed. With unexpected weather the fall months can bring, keeping your trees neatly trimmed will ensure fallen branches don’t make your yard appear messy and unkempt.
2.) People Spend More Time Indoors, So Focus Your Attention There
Just because fall doesn’t have the heat of the summer, doesn’t mean people stay indoors. With the beauty the changing leaves and crisp fall air has to offer, some people actually enjoy spending time outdoors in the fall more than they do in the summer. Celebrate the season with seasonal home décor around the holidays that will attract potential buyers by making your house feel more like a home.
3.) The Weather is Cold, and So is Your Home
When summer inevitably comes to an end, the first sign will be the plummeting temperatures outdoors. Just because it’s cooler outdoors doesn’t mean your home décor needs to reflect that! Consider a fresh coat of paint in a warmer shade, and don’t be afraid to bring the temperature up a couple degrees to make your guests feel comfortable. If you don’t want to make a large change, a few additions like cozy pillows or throws can go a long way in cozying up your home décor for the cooler months.
4.) The Price Doesn’t Have to be Quite Right
The biggest mistake you can make when selling in the fall is pricing it incorrectly. The first thing you should do is understand the importance of working with a real estate professional, and from there, how to choose the right one for you. Working with a professional will help you ensure your home is priced correctly for the fall market.
5.) Once It Sells, You’re Done!
The paper’s are signed, and the deal is done, so all you have to do is pack up and move, right? Not quite! Leading up to the holidays, everyone is very busy which means you may have issues finding time to pack, finding a company to help you move, or even finding family and friends who would normally be able to lend a helping hand. To eliminate these issues, plan ahead! Make sure your moving date is scheduled firm in everyone’s calendar, and plan ahead to ensure you aren’t left without a solution if someone is forced to back out. A stress free move will make the world of a difference in the first couple days in your new home.
Now that you know the common myths about the fall real estate market, you may have a bit more to think about this summer! Take this time to enjoy everything summer has to offer, but tackle small projects on this list to ensure there are no surprises when fall roles around and the iconic red, white, and blue for sale sign is standing proudly on your yard.
Thank you to my colleagues at the RE/MAX blog for producing this great article.