Things To Consider When Selling Your Home In Texas This Fall

Dated: October 9 2014

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When most people think of buying or selling a home, they usually associate spring time with sales. And it is true; most homes do enter the market at this time of year, with a surge of buyers emerging. However, the fall is the second busiest time of year for homes sales, with things sellers should consider before listing.
Autumn is a beautiful season, and it is also a great time to list your home for sale. We are still in a seller’s market; buyers are having to compete with fewer listings available. With such a low inventory the chances of selling quick and at-or-above market value is high. Coupled with continued low interest rates, buyers will want to take advantage before rates climb any higher.

There are lots of things sellers can do to take advantage of all that fall has to offer. Since the days are shorter and the weather is getting colder, why not show off how cozy your home can be? Simple lighting can add an inviting feel to buyers while cheering up the darkness outside. Adding warm scents like cinnamon, apples, or baked goods can add a more “homey” feel. You can also perk up the outside by adding hanging flower baskets, colorful mums in planters, or festive accents like pumpkins or wreaths. Curb appeal adds a lot to the first impression of the home, so don’t forget to rake up leaves and take care of walkways and steps. While it might be required more often than you would like, it is important to maintain your yard so it looks clean for every potential buyer.

Inside the home, it’s good to clean each room and de-clutter. You can organize items into different categories such as keep, toss, store away, or donate.  De-personalize rooms by removing family photos and knickknacks to make your home a warm canvas open to a prospective buyer's imagination. If you are having troubles deciding what to take and what to leave, consider the home through the eyes of a buyer. Or you can always ask your real estate agent for advice. As with any real estate transaction, the assistance of a licensed realtor can really make all the difference.

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