Fall Tricks and Treats for selling your home in fall and winter
Fall is a beautiful time of the year. It is a seller’s market right now in San Diego, but is it a good time for selling your home? Will your home be more valuable in 6 months? Some believe that the best time to sell is in the spring when there are the most buyers. However, that is also the time with the most inventory.
So, what about now, fall and winter? A good idea, perhaps, since it is a time of less competition and there are fewer houses on the market.
A real estate agent, or Broker like myself, can give you an estimate of what your home might sell for right now. Comparable home sales and a market analysis can help you decide if this is the right time to sell.
Fall is a great time for selling your home
Set the scene and help the buyers see themselves living happily in this house. Consider things such as putting a warm throw on the sofa or folding back the thick comforter on the bed. Tap into “the simple things” this time of year that make you feel like you’re home. Making your home cozy, warm and inviting is a perfect environment to attract a buyer.
Fall is a good reminder to do a few things around the house .
Here is a simple check list of things to do around your house before winter.
- Clean your fireplace and wood-stove chimneys.
- Schedule a furnace inspection
- Clean and cover the air-conditioning condenser unit. It is also a great time to calendar the A/C tune up in the off season. Ask about discounts in the winter months.
- Schedule a furnace inspection. You should have your furnace checked every 2 years.
- Make sure smoke detectors and CO2 detectors are working.
Look at the outside of your home from the “eyes” of a buyer. Is the paint chipping or faded? Do the eves need painting? Do the shrubs and trees need a sprucing up? A buyer’s first impression of your home is the most powerful and lasting. If your home lacks “curb appeal”, potential buyers may continue driving past your home without even entering as though it was Haunted.
- Have your lawn cut every week while your home is on the market.
- De-clutter the yard. Store lawn equipment, children’s toys and other outdoor items.
- Plant colorful flowers to spruce up the landscaping.
- Trim bushes away from the house and entryway. Consider removal of trees that block light.
- Install new numbers that are visible from the street.
Does your home have bugs and creepy crawlers?
A Wood Destroying Pests and Organisms Inspection Report is also known as a “termite report.” Termite Inspection Reports are usually broken into two sections: Section I: Refers to all items that are currently infested or infected. Section II: Refers to conditions that are likely to lead to an infestation or infection. I recommend getting a termite inspection to see what additional expenses might be incurred.
Halloween in Del Cerro, San Diego
It’s Fall in San Diego and we do our best to bring some of those treasured fall traditions to San Diego residents. As a resident of Del Cerro, my neighborhood is home to some awesome trick or treating. Families come from all over San Diego to trick or treat in Del Cerro. Why? The streets are flat, houses are well decorated, big candy bars are a staple, and the neighborhood is well attended on Halloween with parents and kids in costume. The annual Fall Festival at Del Cerro Hearst Elementary is a time honored neighborhood tradition that all my girls looked forward to growing up. For more information: click Hearst Fall Festival. Look for the Madra Dog and see what his costume will be. The Madra dog is a Rottweiler statue that lives at the foot of a driveway on Madra in Del Cerro. He is the talk of the neighborhood. Happy Halloween!