Thursday, November 2, 2023   /   by Brittany Aspenson


Sure, the spring season is the peak time to put a house on the market. But with the cooler weather, vibrant-colored trees and falling leaves, picking apples, carving pumpkins, and enjoying turkey dinners, there's plenty to look forward to when fall comes. One of them could be a successful home sale if you plan to put your home on the market this season. 

Housing inventory during fall tends to be lower than it is in the spring and summer months, so sellers might be more likely to attract serious autumn buyers. But to successfully sell your home, you might as well need to consider a few different approaches. Keep on reading to get a list of worthy tips that take your house from “For Sale” to “Sold” before the last leaf falls.

Boost your home's curb appeal.

Nothing screams autumn more than the gorgeous leaves falling, spreading warm colors in your backyard. However, keeping on top of yard cleanup is also one of the biggest challenges home sellers face in the fall. Because no matter how beautiful fall leaves are, they can make your whole house look untidy if not cleaned up regularly. So don’t forget to cross off these items on your to-do list:

  • Rake up dead leaves and plants, tree branches, and other debris from your lawn daily. Trim hedges and tree limbs that could pose hazards to guests. Likewise, give special attention to any overgrown vegetation that could block the windows or any paths.

  • Clean the gutters. The last thing you'd want is for dead leaves to cause a bunch of damage to your home’s gutter system. If there are piles of leaves in the gutters, it is time to clean them out.

  • Add some popular fall flowers, such as chrysanthemums and marigolds. You can also add other colorful, seasonal planters on the steps and along the sidewalk.

Other simple projects, such as washing the driveway and sidewalks, or giving your front door a fresh coat of paint, can go a long way in boosting curb appeal so buyers will be drawn the second they see your home.

Embrace the season, but don't go overboard with the decor.

Feel free to incorporate the colors and spirit of fall in your living spaces. Add a quilt or throw pillows in bright red, orange, and/or golden yellow hues over your sofa or an entry bench. Use seasonal decor — think apples, pumpkins, wreaths of fall leaves and pine cones, cinnamon, and unscented candles — to create a warm, cozy, and inviting atmosphere

The one thing you should never do: is overdoing your decor. Skip the scary Halloween decorations if you're having an open house or showing around that time since they can appear messy and distracting. The last thing you want is for a potential buyer to walk in your front door to be greeted by a bloody skeleton or sticky cobwebs hanging from your entryway ceiling fan. Try to be tactful and subtle with your decorations to appeal to as many potential buyers as possible.

Let there be more light.

Fall months mean shorter days, which means you can't depend on natural lighting to showcase your home’s best features. Plenty of potential buyers will want to look at homes when they get out from work, and nobody wants to walk into a dark and gloomy home when it’s already dark and chilly outside.

The key is to maximize light to make your home look warmer and more inviting. It's also important to brighten up your house so that buyers can see your home’s best features. To accomplish this, consider bringing in extra tables and floor lamps to rooms with dark corners. You can also place spotlights throughout your home behind your furniture. You may also install under cabinet lights in the kitchen and bathroom, as well as additional lighting around staircases and walkways. Another popular tip is to refresh interior paint with warm neutral tones, which will reflect more light.

If your home’s exterior lighting currently feels lackluster, consider these creative but inexpensive lighting solutions to amplify your home’s appeal:

Add solar lights along walkways

Illuminate outdoor lounge spaces, including your porch or deck, with cafe or bistro lights to create a cozy ambiance.

Aim for spotless and well-maintained windows.

Summer thunderstorms can make your windows dusty and streaked, with layers of dirt covering the exterior window trim, by the time fall rolls around. You might not give it much attention, but buyers will definitely spot any smudges. Before you start showing your house, your windows have to sparkle to make a good impression. This will also help let in as much light as possible.

Wash your windows and any glass panels in your doors inside and out. Remove the screens and spray them down to get rid of any accumulated dust and dirt. Don't forget to clean the exterior window frames. While you’re at it, check window seals and doors for drafts, and make extra efforts to insulate when needed since drafts are more noticeable in the fall.

Give your HVAC some TLC.

Depending on the region, fall months might feel damp and cold. When potential buyers walk through your home, it should feel warm and welcoming. This is why it's more important than ever to ensure that your HVAC systems are in good shape. Having your furnace inspected and cleaned by an HVAC specialist before selling your home can be beneficial as you can provide the receipt as proof it has already been completed. Also, remember to replace the furnace filter to help reduce any odors or fall allergens in the home and keep it smelling fresh.