Fall listings can be very successful, but there are a few essential tips sellers should follow when listing during this time of year.
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1. Have your photos taken during spring or summer. Getting professional photos during the earlier months of the year while everything is still lush and green will help your fall listing stand out. While other listings’ photos might show the homes amid drab, dreary landscapes, your listing photos will be sure to shine.
2. Boost your curb appeal. Though we can’t force leaves to stay on the trees, be sure to tidy up any that have fallen so that buyers don’t have to trek through a messy yard on the way to your front door. It is especially crucial during this time of year to spruce up your yard before buyers come for showings.
3. Adjust your thermostat. We all know that having your A/C on during the summer months is essential here in South Georgia, but it’s equally essential to utilize heat during the later part of the year. You want buyers to feel comfortable as they walk through your home, after all. Even if your home is vacant, be sure to keep your HVAC unit running.
4. Check your home’s lighting. Make sure no light bulbs are burnt out and that your home is brightly lit for any and all of your showings.
"Some seasonal touches can make buyers feel welcome and at home in your listing, but make sure you don’t overdo it. "
5. Have your agent put a marketing plan in place. Given that there tends to be less activity on the market during the fall and winter months, this step will be very important to ensuring your success.
6. Be flexible with showings. Offering showings on evenings or even weekends may be the key to getting as many buyers as possible through your home. With school back in session and many people making holiday preparations, fall is a busy time of year. Be sure to keep an open schedule.
7. Don’t go overboard with holiday decor. The old saying “less is more” absolutely applies here. Some seasonal touches can make buyers feel welcome and at home in your listing, but make sure you don’t overdo it.
8. Highlight seasonal advantages. Home features that are more useful during the fall and winter have the opportunity to shine when a property is listed during these later months. Fireplaces, for example, should definitely be lit during showings.
If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.