August 13, 2014 Leave a comment
Thinking of selling your home this fall? Well, it’s time to start preparing for the day the sign goes on the lawn! This is an excellent time of year to spruce up the exterior of the home:
The time is now to paint your front door, garage and trim as you need a certain over night temperature to let it dry properly. Be sure to get advice from your friendly paint store staff for colour schemes. Many paint companies offer brochures that show you colour palettes that work with your type of home.
You may need to install new eaves or clean them.
You could stage the front porch with outdoor furniture like a bistro set that you can get on sale at this time of year.
Think about adding solar path lighting or soffit lights to make your home stand out at night.
Go to your local nursery and make a plan for your garden. Add bushes or trees that nurseries are selling off at a discounted price that will look great for all 4 seasons.
Don’t forget to fix that leaning fence or replace damaged wood.
Be sure to get rid of that pile of wood or extra shingles that somehow found it’s way to your yard or garage.
Take photos of your garden and take nice exterior shots with the flowers in bloom, green grass and pretty urns. Make sure no animals or people are in the photos though! These pictures will be great for later in the year when the seasons change and these lovely features of the home are hidden–or not so lovely anymore.
Do all the repairs and little adjustments now—inside and out.
This is especially important if you are planning on buying your next home before you sell. The more work you do now, the faster you can get your home on the market and the sooner you can achieve your goal.
Have a garage sale now!
Get rid of all that stuff, the stuff you had from your university days that has not seen the light of day for decades– and never will. Those shower presents you never used, the appliances you meant to fix but never did. It’s time to part with them. Spend some time reminiscing and hugging those favourite long forgotten items before you send them off to the donation box or the twenty five cent pile at the garage sale. You’re moving anyway, so declutter now while the days are long, the weather is gentle and the bargain hunters are out.
Hire a professional landscaper to do a nice fall clean up or spruce up the beds with fresh mulch or stones. They do such a nice job and the small investment will go far and will entice those drive-by buyers to book a showing.
Get a copy of your summer utility bills as well as winter, and keep them on hand just in case someone asks.
Get a home inspection done if you are in a high demand area that typically sees multiple offers.
I know a lot of people believe that the only time of year to sell is Spring, but real estate transactions happen every day of the year, and for many reasons. There are job transfers, marriages, divorces, deaths and many other reasons why people sell or buy real estate, so don’t hold off unless your local licensed realtor recommends it for your property.
Historically, the spring market in my trading area has been the strongest. During spring we see more listings, more transactions and high prices so that may be the time of year for you to sell. With more listings you have more competition in your neighbourhood. Just think, if your house was the only house listed in your high demand neighbourhood just how much attention your home would get!
Some people want to have the kids settled in the new home before school starts or at least register them, so they would prefer to buy earlier in the year. Others want to avoid moving in winter so offer a quick closing on your fall sale, and others just want the right house, so time of year doesn’t matter to them.
Depending how late in the year you sell, you may want to have your pool professionally closed by a reputable company and retain the receipt. Ask the pool company to make notes regarding the condition of the pool. This will help give the buyer confidence that your pool is in good condition.
By closing anytime other than the end of June you may get better pricing on movers and other services. It’s definitely easier to find an available mover during autumn months. But remember, it tends to get dark earlier so remember to bring light bulbs to your new home….just in case.
In you would like more info on listing your home in the GTA this fall, call me at 416-565-3001 or visit www.rinomato.com for more info.