I have bought and sold 4 homes in my 41 years. This has occurred at all different times and during all 4 seasons. Spring and summer are usually the best times to sell a home. Fall home sales can be tricky. There are pros, but I feel a lot more cons. Unfortunately, the biggest factor in all of this still remains, a poor real estate market due to a poor economy.
Let’s start with the pros. The weather is usually nicer, and the grass greener. The leaves are changing color, and the flowers are still alive and blooming. Everything just looks fresh and alive. Now is a good time to plant mums to enhance your landscaping. Add a wreath to your front door to provide a festive flare.
Interest rates are still at an all time low. This is an obvious perk for fall buyers.
Now, the cons. In fall, your house can be more exposed later in the season, once the leaves have fallen from the trees. There is more upkeep, with having to rake. Chipped paint and dirty windows are more obvious. In the midwest, where I live, there’s always a chance for an early snow. This furthers the upkeep of the outside, with possible shoveling.
Another downside, is that school has started up again. Most parents like to have their kids settled, and have their homes bought before the school year begins. It’s harder to transition kids in a new school once the year has begun. The further into the school year, the more difficult it can be.
Another con, is the upcoming holidays. No one likes to juggle the chaos of Thanksgiving and Christmas with house showings. Having to keep a clean and tidy home during this season can be quite stressful.
The cons seem to outweigh the pros. But, there are things you can do to increase the chances of your home selling in fall. Open blinds, and keep lights on, so the house appears bright on the inside. Have pre-made cookie dough on hand. Bake a batch of cookies before your next showing. This will make your home smell great, and create a warm atmosphere. Finally, clear out the clutter. Keep you home neat and organized. Keep furnishings and knick-knacks down to a minimum, to create the illusion of more space.