Selling your home when autumn leaves start to fall

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After part tropical storm and part hurricane Hermine visited us a couple of weeks ago, it was not a good time to sell your home. Fallen leaves, pine needles, branches and larger tree limbs were everywhere.

However, autumn officially begins Sept. 22, and the fall season can be a good time to put your home on the market, and get from "just listed" to "just sold" before the holidays and winter arrive in the Lowcountry.

Here are some suggestions for selling your home in autumn:

  • Keep the outside looking extra clean. Rid the yard, driveway, walkways, roof and gutters of leaves and debris and make sure the lawn is mowed and looking good.
  • Take the cleanup to an even higher level. Powerwash the exterior, pavement, decks and windows. Trim the trees so they are neat and unexpected winds don't knock down branches that could cause home damage.
  • Make sure those views look very attractive. Arrange the patio and surrounding area so that the view from indoors is inviting and appealing when first seen and when prospective buyers walk outside.
  • "Wow" up the entry for great curb appeal. Make that entry doorway beautiful; maybe paint it a warm color and place plantings strategically along the walkway to accent the home's appeal with vibrant seasonal colors.
  • Do it up with fall decorations, but don't overdo it. Don't use decorations that detract from the home - a festive front door wreath, a pumpkin or two and a lighted pathway to the front door can make a great first impression.
  • Keep it feeling warm and cozy. Entering a cold house in the fall can leave a chilling impression. Best to warm it up, so set the thermostat to a comfortable temperature and get the fireplace going.
  • Another way to warm up a home is with light, by keeping the blinds and curtains open and the lamps lit.

Special thanks to Johnny Mercer for helping me with the headline of this article.

Larry Stoller is a real estate consultant and advertising executive who loves living in Bluffton and helping real estate agents and sellers get homes sold.

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