The autumn is traditionally one of the most popular times of year for people to list their homes. Gardens can still be lovely and the weather can be pleasant to be out and about home shopping.
There are a few things that you may want to consider to make things go more smoothly for everyone, buyers, sellers and agents.
- Shorter daylight hours! Remember it gets dark considerably earlier in the fall. Make sure there is adequate outdoor lighting, particularly at the front entrance, and that it is turned on for showing appointments.
- Ask your realtor (that would be me, amiright?) to place the lock box in a well-lighted location. Don’t make the showing realtor struggle with a flashlight while trying to enter the passcode to get the keys.
- Ensure your door hardware is in good working order. The change of season can make locks and doors sticky. Invest is some graphite to lubricate locks if needed.
- Consider some seasonal décor around the front entrance way to your home to create a welcoming impression. No need to go crazy with this, but a small investment of time and money shows the buyer that you take pride in caring for your home.
- With the falling leaves, it may be time to consider getting your eavestroughs cleaned and repaired if necessary. Make sure downspouts are directing water away from the foundation of the house. Neglecting this piece of preventive maintenance can be a deal breaker for buyers if plugged eavestroughs and downspouts result in water on your basement floor!