Selling Your Central Illinois Home In The Fall

Adams-Barnard Home Group
Published on September 13, 2016

Selling Your Central Illinois Home In The Fall


The Central Illinois real estate market has been strong throughout the spring and summer, and according to housing market analysts, we are experiencing one of the best housing markets of the last 15 years. So if you planned to sell your home this year but missed the spring and summer home selling season, don’t despair or feel you need to wait until next spring to sell your home. Fall happens to be the second best season for home sales.

Going into the cooler months always brings a seasonal adjustment in inventory levels. While families with children tend to make their move in spring and be situated in their new homes for the start of the school year, job changes and relocations go on all year so there will be families out there looking for homes. Additionally, many millennials and empty nesters tend to wait until fall with hopes of being in their new home before the winter holidays arrive.  Easier mortgage approvals coupled with interest rates remaining low, sweeten the deal. Buyers are inspired.

To get you ready and help with that selling decision, here are few tips to make your home stand out.

 Spruce up your Curb Appeal
A home sale begins with the buyer’s first view of the house from the outside, whether they are driving up to see the home, driving past, or even viewing the home online. It is important to get the exterior of the home looking its best. In the spring everyone is eager to get outside and clean up the beds, rake the lawn, plant flowers and mulch the beds. By summer the weeds start and begin to take over. Bushes can also become overgrown. Weeding, trimming and planting seasonal flowers such as mums to add color will really go a long way. Also keep up with cleaning the leaves as late fall sets in.
Make it Move-In Ready
Buyers are typically more willing to buy and do home improvement projects in the spring than the fall. So it is best to take care of all the small improvements and repairs that you can. If the home needs new carpet, put it in. If a couple rooms need a fresh paint job, get them painted. The same goes for repairs. Replace damaged screens or dripping faucets, repair scratches on floors or cabinets, and replace broken tiles. Fixing problems now gives you a competitive advantage over other sellers not willing to take the time. Staging your home correctly also makes a huge difference and presents the best features of the home as well as the home’s potential.

Less Is More

When it comes to fall (or any season, really), it can be so easy to pile on the decorations; however, when you’re trying to sell your home, it isn’t the wisest decision. Scale back on the decorations a bit so they won’t overshadow your home’s many wonderful features. That doesn’t mean you can’t put out anything! Feel free to add some tasteful accents with vases of fall foliage, bowls of seasonal fruit, and carefully picked pumpkins (real or otherwise). These can create an inviting environment and can give your home a fresh feeling.

Bring In the Light

With the fall season come shorter and shorter days. Lighting is a big factor when it comes to selling homes, though. After all, who wants to live in a dark and gloomy place? Make sure to let the light in as much as possible to accent your home’s features. Open the blinds and pull back the curtains to let in as much natural light as possible, and try to place plenty of lamps of different heights throughout the house for additional illumination.