Five ways to prepare your home for sale this autum

Five ways to prepare your home for sale this autumn

Autumn usually welcomes colourful trees, cooler weather and earlier nights, but it’s also an ideal time to put your property up for sale.

Traditionally, it’s a busy period for the property market, as many people look to move while the weather is still mild and before winter closes in.

Here at Angels Sales & Lettings, we’ve come up with some top tips for preparing your home for an autumn sale.

Have a good clear out

A thorough clean is one of the most important steps to preparing your home for sale, no matter the season. This means cleaning all surfaces and wiping down walls to give your home a fresh sheen. It’s a good idea to go through the home and declutter in order to free up space.

You also want to depersonalise the home as much as possible. Clearing coats and shoes from the hallway, storing away bathroom products and freeing kitchen surfaces of appliances, jars and bottles will make it easier for potential buyers to envision themselves living in your home.

Let there be light

While daytime is the perfect time to view a property, the nights begin to draw in much earlier during autumn, so it’s important to ensure your home is well-lit on viewing day. This means opening the blinds and curtains, cleaning the windows and hanging extra mirrors on the walls to reflect brightness.

Consider placing lamps in key rooms to make the space shine. Whiter lights work best for big, bright rooms but a more yellow tone in smaller rooms helps to create a cosy, homely vibe.

Clear drains and gutters

The colourful and vibrant autumn leaves might be lovely to look at, but they can cause real problems for your gutters and drains and clog them up if not cleared away regularly. Because of this, it’s worth checking up on your guttering and drainage as often as you can to ensure they are free from leaves.

Remember to clear away any leaves that are swept onto your driveway or front garden, too, as they can make the home look unkempt to would-be buyers.  

Make the garden thrive

As outdoor space is often considered a key selling factor in the home, you will need to show your garden in its best light. Luckily, the great outdoors tends to look its best during autumn, bursting with an array of colours to entice prospective buyers.

Ensure that you keep up with weeding and mowing, as well as sweeping up the autumn leaves as often as you can. Consider adding a splash of colour with a few pots and plants in the borders.

If you have one, a front garden will also play a big part in your sales strategy, as it will be the first thing viewers will see. Therefore, it needs to be in tip-top shape with trimmed hedges, neat grass and a clutter-free space.

Bring the outdoors indoors

Introducing some natural colours, smells and senses into your home this time of year can make it feel more inviting to potential buyers.

Try lush fabrics, opulent cushions and rich snuggly throws, adding splashes of autumnal colours – burnt orange, shades of brown, forest green – to create a cosy, comforting atmosphere. Using natural materials such as woodpile can also have a striking effect.

Autumnal scents such as cinnamon, spiced apple, wood and smoke can also add to the atmosphere. Lighting a fire, for example, can create a woody, smoky smell reminiscent of autumn. Lastly, lamps, candles and fairy lights allow for a soothing ambience on viewing day.

Each season brings a fresh opportunity to get experimental and revitalise your home before you come to sell. By incorporating the above tips into your marketing campaign, you can boost the appeal of your property and attract more prospective buyers before winter.

At Angels Sales & Lettings, we offer a range of services for sellers, such as professional photography, floor plans and video tours. For more information on selling or letting in Enfield and Newham, please contact us on 0800 043 6678.

Additionally, to find out how much your home could be worth on the current market, you can request a free and instant online valuation.

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