Setting the Stage for a Fall Home Sale
2017 is a Seller’s market, so if you’re planning on selling your home, take advantage of the large number of Buyers out there looking for a new home—yours! Here are some ways to make sure those Buyers put in an offer on your property:
During colder seasons, it’s essential to avoid setting list price too high. September, October, and November see a downward shift in inventory. Many people look to sell in summer or spring when the market and temperature are their hottest. With less competition, you don’t want to scare buyers off by over-pricing. Research similar houses in your neighborhood to ensure a competitive price. Monitor home prices and inventory here.
During summer and spring, it’s not uncommon that trees, bushes, lawns, gardens and other landscape get overgrown. Although an overgrown year may appeal to the spooky theme of fall, it doesn’t attract the eye of potential buyers. Before setting up home showings, be sure to bring out the trimmers and lawn mower to tighten up the look of your yard. You want potential buyers to see you care for your house.
Fall weather leaves siding looking worn down by the season’s end. If you didn’t find time to freshen the exterior during the sunny season, be sure to get out the house and clean the siding before listing. Touches of autumn on the outside of your property will draw people in. Put white or orange pumpkins, yellow gourds, and multi-colored wreaths placed up the walkway. Home tour guests will be drawn in before opening the front door.
Little Details Add Up
Along with dusty siding, windows tend to go untreated during fall months. If you have dogs or cats, you’ll notice smudges and hair around most of the windows. Fall is a great time to dust of your shutters, wipe of smudges on widows, and to clean up window nooks. Make sure your windows sparkle.
Help Buyers Imagine Your Home is Theirs
Imagine walking into a home, and before even opening your eyes you feel autumn magic. Scent of pine cones, pumpkins, and cinnamon fill the air. Buyers envision themselves sitting around the kitchen table with a mug of hot apple cider before even seeing the kitchen. Colder months allow sellers to creatively appeal to senses. Light candles, bake traditional treats, or set out bowls of pine cones. Capture the senses of all who enter.
Seasonal Details Warm Things Up
Imagine if one of the scents you smelled was smoke from the wood-burning fireplace. If you happen to have a fireplace, chances are you haven’t used it in a while. Clean out cobwebs or old ashes before lighting the fire. Make sure that there’s not an excess of smoke after lighting it. If so, you can fix it, or light candles in the fireplace instead. Both bring a cozy feel.
As mentioned in our blog about selling in the fall, one of the best parts about selling in September, October and November is that your home is staging. When a buyer walks in to take a tour, they should comfort from the orange, brown and red autumn accents. Decorating the inside of your house with holiday gems pulls at the heart strings of all who see. One of the fastest ways to sell a house is appealing to buyer emotions.
Bring in light. As the days get shorter, the sun sets expanded shadows. Unless selling to a vampire, chances are people want a bright light filled house. Make sure each room has ample amounts of lighting. Open curtains, raise blinds, and turn on every light. Even go as far as to light candles and a fire. Liven up the space.
Good Food Makes Buyers Linger
Leave your guests with a good taste in their mouth. People remember the last thing they see, so make sure it’s pleasant. A good idea is to set out a tray of themed baggies filled with candy corn or candy pumpkins. Again, appeal to the senses of the season. You could even go all-out by handing out individually wrapped popcorn balls, tied with autumn accented ribbon.
As mentioned before, September, October, and November are great months if you need to sell your home. Take advantage of the fall and autumn season by appealing to the buyer’s emotions. With a little creativity, you’ll get your home bought fast!
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The North Phoenix Mom's Blog offers a 2017 Guide to the Best Pumpkin Patches in Arizona. Here are the East Valley locations and events you need to check out to find your seasonal pumpkin!
Vertuccio Farms: Corn Maze and Fall Festival
4011 S. Power Rd. Mesa, AZ 85212
- Open October 2nd – November 5th
- Hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-9pm, Friday-Saturday 9am-10pm, Sunday 10am-6pm
- Admission: Monday-Thursday $9, Friday-Sunday $10, ages 2 and younger are FREE
With a 7 acre corn maze, duck races, train rides, a petting zoo, giant jump pad, and much more, there is plenty to keep your family entertained. This year they have also added mini golf and weekend mule-pulled wagon rides. Check the website for discount days and specialty days, including Adopt a Pet Day, Home School Day, and Pumpkin Paint and Take Day.
Schnepf Farms: Pumpkin and Chili Party
24610 S. Rittenhouse Rd. Queen Creek, AZ 85142
- Open October 5th – October 29th
- Hours: Every Thursday – Sunday (beginning October 5th); Thursdays 10am-9pm, Fridays & Saturdays 10am-10pm, Sundays 10am-9pm
- Admission: $20 at the gate or $15 at any Fry’s, children 2 and under FREE
Voted by Phoenix Magazine, New Times, Sunset Magazine and numerous others as The Best Fall Family event in the valley, year after year! Although this farm features the highest priced admission, it does offer the most included activities per admission out of any of the pumpkin patches in Arizona. Rides for the kids, a petting zoo, marshmallow roasting, pig races, a zip line, shows, a corn maze, and more will ensure a fun filled day for the whole family! You also can’t forget the amazing food options available! Discounted ticket info available on the website.
Mother Natures Farm: Halloween Pumpkin Patch
1663 E. Baseline Rd. Gilbert, AZ 85233
- Open October 1st – October 31st
- Hours: 7 days a week from 9am to 9pm
- Admission: $3 per adult, $10 per child (1 year & older) including a pumpkin!!
Not only is this farm open 7 days a week, but it also has one of the lowest priced admissions and includes a pumpkin with every child’s admission! After decorating their pumpkin, kids can enjoy the air bounce, a hayride, straw bounce, feeding the animals, and Alexander’s Adventure Maze. You are also able to bring in your own picnic lunch if you don’t wish to purchase food. I also love that this is a family owned farm!
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