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How to use fall festivities to sell your home

Posted by Mani Bagga on Thursday, October 24th, 2019 at 8:28am.

With the advent of fall comes a lot of festivities from Thanksgiving to Halloween. All those decorations and celebrations can make it the perfect time to sell a home with that in mind. 

Don’t simply let the season wash over you — use it to your advantage. The fall can be a hot season to sell, after families have returned from summer vacations and kids have settled in school but before the rush of Christmas.

For example, there are several fall decorating strategies that can help sell a home faster. Pull out the throw blankets on the couch, light some spiced candles and create that warm, cozy feeling in your place. It’s exactly that type of décor and staging that can set the scene for a very happy sale.

At the same time, check basic maintenance requirements like furnace filters so when you turn on the heat, the air remains fresh-smelling. Also wash the windows, both on the inside and outside, to get the grime of summer off before any buyers’ peer out.

Don’t forget about the outside of your house as well — many people make up their minds based on first appearances, after all. While it may seem appealing to jump on the bandwagon of spider webs and broomsticks when Halloween rolls around, resist the urge.

Instead, focus on some tasteful gardening. First, deal with the basics: weeding, trimming the lawn and raking the leaves. Then, change out summer floral arrangements for some fall plants that bring in splashes of oranges, yellows and reds.

Add a swinging chair with some pillows and a blanket on the porch, for example, to tempt would-be buyers with the taste of relaxing to come. All this combines to create great autumn curb appeal.

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