When listing your home during the fall, there are a few things to keep in mind to keep your home looking fresh regardless of the weather outside.
- I recommend a weekly landscaping tidy-up of the yard and plant beds, removing any dead foliage and raking the ground. In the event of a windstorm, additional yard tidying may be necessary.
- Unless you will be setting the stage for each showing, I recommend keeping the lights on throughout the day. Although this may add a few dollars to your electric bill, in my experience this pays off in a quicker sale.
- Although you may keep more heat in your house by closing blinds and curtains, resist the urge to do so during the day. Buyers need to feel that a home is open and bright.
- In order to keep your house smelling fresh and clean, opening the windows once a week on a sunny day can help circulate the air. Changing the filters in the furnace or using a carpet freshener may also help although avoid strong-smelling air fresheners as many buyers are sensitive to these strong smells.
- Resist the urge to turn the thermostat during the day. Adjusting to below 68 degrees can make the home viewing experience uncomfortable which is not conducive to a home sale.