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With the summer coming to a close and fall creeping in, it’s time to say goodbye to the holiday season and get back to the status quo. You’ve been considering selling your home but there just hasn’t been time to in the hustle and bustle of the summer holidays – so now is the time to act. With no major holidays to contend with, autumn is a great time to sell, and there tends to be a drought of houses for sale over the summer so there are plenty of keen buyers. Without further ado, here’s our list of top tips for getting the most out of selling your home this autumn.

Tidy the exterior

Your house is inevitably going to face the brunt of autumn leaves, so clear any dead leaves and debris from your garden. Check to make sure your gutters aren’t blocked too. All of this will help prospective buyers see that your property is well maintained. Take this time to do a quick autumn clean by wiping your windows and cutting away any unpleasant vegetation.

Embrace the fall

Autumn is a beautiful season so don’t be afraid to use this to your advantage. Plant some flowers that will bloom in Autumn whilst other shrubs and trees shed their leaves. A garden that stands out can be the difference between selling and not selling.

Setting a theme in your house can be a great, inexpensive way of taking advantage of the season to create a warm and welcome home. No, we don’t mean cover the house in skulls, pumpkins and other ghoulish Halloween decorations. Seasonal colours are warm so using just a few earth colours for cushions, curtains or duvets can do wonders. Any pictures that might fit the autumn aesthetic are worth putting up. You can even utilise autumn objects and arrange a centrepiece of pine cones, cinnamon sticks and orange candles for maximum impact.

Let there be light

As the days are getting shorter, there’s limited time for optimal light. Try to arrange viewings for a time that you know your house looks its brightest. You’re going to need to turn every light on and pull back any curtains. A bright house feels more spacious & fresh – two key aspects that can’t be overlooked. Viewers may not consciously notice this but it goes a long way. If you have the time and budget, consider painting your rooms in neutral colours such as white and beige. Just make sure you don’t paint a room in a dark colour.

Keep it cosy

As temperatures begin to drop, keep an eye on how warm your home is. Viewers who are coming in from the cold should be greeted with a warm, inviting ambience. You may still be hesitant about putting the heating on after the summer months, but make sure it’s working correctly and on for when viewers are expected!

Make those small repairs

You know that list of tiny jobs you should be fixing but never really find time for? Now is the time to act. Fix that mould in the bathroom and sort out that dodgy door handle. When a viewer is seeing numerous houses in a day they pick up on these small discrepancies, so all these little jobs can lift your home.