Set­ting up for an au­tumn sale

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Property Guide - - News -

Even as the leaves be­gin to fall, there is no rea­son not to put your house on the mar­ket this au­tumn, ac­cord­ing to First Na­tional Real Es­tate.

“Tra­di­tion­ally, spring and sum­mer were seen as the peak sea­sons for real es­tate ac­tiv­ity,” said Garry Nash First Na­tional Real Es­tate prin­ci­pal, Garry Nash.

“How­ever, the strong mo­men­tum we’ve seen through­out spring and sum­mer is an­tic­i­pated to con­tinue well into au­tumn, if not right through win­ter this year. Strong mar­ket con­di­tions don’t mean that at­ten­tion to pre­sen­ta­tion is any less im­por­tant when sell­ing in au­tumn though,” Garry said.

“If you’re plan­ning to sell this au­tumn, the key is tak­ing some ex­tra mea­sures to make your house stand out above oth­ers on the mar­ket, tak­ing into ac­count how cooler weather con­di­tions and the changes in your gar­den will im­pact the way your home is viewed.”

These should in­clude: Curb ap­peal. Rot­ting leaves strewn around the front gar­den and the en­trance to the home can de­crease its vis­ual ap­peal dur­ing the all-im­por­tant first im­pres­sion, Garry said. Keep your gar­den and paths swept and tidy, the gar­den beds well mulched, and add a splash of pot­ted color from your lo­cal nurs­ery. Stay on top of weeds and keep any lawn area mown and edged. Let the light in. Sched­ule in­spec­tions for when your home cap­tures the most sun.

“A dark house is a turnoff at any time of year and in au­tumn can make a home seem colder and un­wel­com­ing,” Garry said. ”Let as much nat­u­ral light in as pos­si­ble, turn on lights dur­ing the day and have plenty of ac­cent lights and lamps.” At­mos­phere. "Most people keep doors and win­dows closed dur­ing the cooler months, but it’s im­por­tant to keep a house that is on the mar­ket well aired. Fresh, brightly colored flow­ers al­ways in­crease ap­peal and room scents such as vanilla can re­ally make people feel at home,” Garry said. Cel­e­brate au­tumn. A large bowl of fresh au­tumn fruit can both cel­e­brate the sea­son and add color to the kitchen and din­ing ar­eas. Heat­ing. If you have a work­ing fire­place or a gas fire, they will seem very at­trac­tive to a po­ten­tial buyer on a cool au­tumn day. If you do strike a cold, damp day dur­ing your sale, have them turned on or at least have some logs ready in a clean fire­place. “You want po­ten­tial buy­ers to have a thor­ough look at the home and feel com­fort­able,” Garry said. “They won’t do this un­less it’s warm and invit­ing.”

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