You've decided the best time to sell your home is this fall, and you may very well be right. But before you get the house photos scheduled, there are some things to consider when staging your home for the fall.
Think Fall not Halloween. You might love All Hallows' Eve, but the potential home buyers perusing your home online might not. Instead of decorating with witches and ghosts, stick with fall decor. Fall colors in the form of wreaths and candles can add warmth to a room as we head in to colder months.
Choose Winter Foliage. It may seem everything in your yard is going dormant. Work with a local garden center to choose plants that may add color and dimension to your yard. Potted plants, including mums, can give you a lot of bang for your buck.
Add Warm and Cozy Accents. Choose a couple throw pillows or blankets on the couch. Add candles or extra lighting as daylight decreases later in the year. Consider adding a rug in a living area if your home is mostly tile or wood flooring.
Clean Up. Make sure the driveway, walkway and porches are clear of debris. Not only does this not photograph well, but you don't want a potential buyers' first impression of your home to be a muddy front porch.
Set the Table. In the fall, many home buyers feel extra pressure to be moved in by the holidays. Set the dining table as if you're serving up a big holiday meal to show off the dining room.
Boost Curb Appeal. A tasteful wreath on the door and a few potted plants can give a front entry charm. If you opt for pumpkins, make sure animals are eating away at them and that they don't get moldy.
Pay Attention to the Yard. Make sure bushes and trees are trimmed and the yard isn't full of leaves. If the yard isn't well maintained, home buyers may assume that the home isn't either.