Over the last several months, the landscape of the real estate market has been changing. In this edition of Your Home, YNN's Solomon Syed tells you how to adjust your approach as we head into fall.
"I really think the key to presenting your home in its best light is to make it bright, declutter, and clean as much as you can. They're not necessarily looking for brand new kitchens and bathrooms," said Kelly Gardner, Coldwell Banker Branch Manager. "Your money is better spent doing the details such as freshly painting, decluttering, showing it in its best light. The buyers want to feel comfortable in those surroundings, so the best way to do that is to declutter and depersonalize and keep it fresh."
If you are looking to sell your home soon, you may be tempted to rush it on the market before winter, but that may not be for the best.
Gardner said, "You should put it on when it's showtime, show ready. You only have one chance to give a first impression. Buyers are ready and active in the market. If it takes a month to do that, fine, get it ready. If it takes a couple weeks, that's even better. Do allot time to have the home cleaned out if need be. If you need to paint, you absolutely have time for that."
If you already put your home up for sale this summer but it hasn't sold yet, there are a few things to keep in mind during the fall season.
"We want to keep our pictures accurate to the seasons, as summer is changing and the flowers are changing, as the trees change we want to show the colors changing to show it as a more accurate picture of today," suggested Gardner. "We don't want snow pictures in the summer, so keeping it seasonally accurate is important. You do want to keep the landscaping clean. A few leaves is going to be common in the fall, but also, you know as the season comes down and all the leaves fall, you want to show that accurate as well."
You should also have your home ready to be viewed at any time. Make sure the beds are made and the dishes are always put away.