Selling a house this fall? Here’s what you need to know


A crucial question many home sellers ask is, “When should I sell my house?”

Is there a real estate season? Of course, you see houses for sale throughout the year, but is there a time of year that’s best to sell your home?

The short answer is that summer is usually the best time of year to sell. One of the big reasons for this is that many families prefer to move in the summer, so they won’t have to pull their kids out of school midyear. Summer is also the perfect time (and temperature) to fully showcase the beauty of your home.

But it’s not the only time to sell your home. Now that fall is beginning to sneak up, many worry they missed the prime selling season, but that's simply not the case. In fact, many real estate agents will tell you that with the kids in school and settled into a more normalized schedule, fall is a perfect time for house hunters, which means it’s a great opportunity for sellers.

Here are three of the top things you should know to fully take advantage of the fall home-selling season:

Create the autumn mood. You may have noticed that more than a few people say that fall is their favorite season. Capitalize on this popularity by creating a cozy, autumn-themed atmosphere inside your house. Host a full house when the leaves are at their peak color, use fall decorations, serve pumpkin-spiced snacks and if you have a fireplace, take advantage of it! Because so many people love fall, this can make it even easier for them to fall in love with your home.

Tune up your HVAC. Few things are more inviting than stepping in from a chilly day and into a warm house. Make sure your furnace has a full upgrade, a new filter and isn’t making any noises. This is a crucial but simple step!

Keep the autumn curb appeal. In addition to putting in the extra hours required to clean up the debris and rake up the leaves, add splashes of warm colors around the exterior of your home. This doesn’t have to be anything too extravagant; something as simple as an autumn wreath on the door or a tasteful assortment of gourds can create the right effect.

To learn more about the best tactics for selling your home, talk to a Coldwell Banker Hedges Realtor® today. They know the industry and can tell you everything you need to know about the Cedar Rapids housing market.

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