So, it is officially fall and with that should come a little bit of urgency if you are thinking about selling your house. You know you want to get it sold before the dead of winter sets in, but when the leaves come off the trees and the lawn turns brown it is not the most eye appealing time of year. There are some little things you can do to add some color and make your property more appealing. But you'll want to act quick as time is short before the weather turns nasty... you do remember last winter, right?
First things first. Get the exterior of your house looking good and do any paint touch ups before the paint freezes in the can. A coat of paint on the front door is always a great idea if it has become a little dull or faded. Spice things up and add a bit more color to an ordinary entry. First impressions are everything and they start at the front door. Some colorful mums on the porch or even some carved pumpkins would be in order given the inaugural Pumpkin Festival this year in Laconia.
Make sure you get the leaves raked up in the yard, the flower beds are cut back, gutters are cleaned, and everything is tidy in the yard. Buyers shouldn't have to walk through piles of leaves to view the property and if things are ship shape on the outside it shows you care about your property.
We've good some great holidays coming up and you can capitalize on them to create a great feeling for the buyers that visit your home. Tasteful decorations, both outside and inside, celebrating Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas create warmth, add color, and add a bit of a excitement to a viewing. It can help buyers visualize themselves living in the home. So for Halloween you can start with the pumpkins and maybe a charming scarecrow in the yard and do some colorful accents and decorations inside the house. Just don't overdo it. Displaying bloody ghouls, goblins, and zombies might not work to your favor. The old baking brownies trick applies here as well but go for pumpkin pie or muffins to create the right aroma for the season.
The same holds true for Thanksgiving and Christmas (yes, it's coming!). Celebrate the holiday season and show people how well your home looks. Scented candles, a colorful cornucopia, a holiday table cloth with an appropriate centerpiece, and seasonal table settings are great to set the Thanksgiving mood. Dragging out a hundred piece Anna Lee collection of holiday characters might be a little too much. Remember, less is more.
For Christmas stay away from going over the top with the tacky blow up vinyl Santa Claus or the wire animated reindeers in the yard and opt for more traditional and simple decorations. A colorful wreath on the door, some garland, and a nicely decorated tree will be enough. Your house does not need to look like Clark Griswold's home in order to get attention and you certainly don't want something like Eddie's camper in the front yard.
This time of year it starts getting dark earlier so make sure you or your agent turns on all the lights. It is also getting colder so turn up the heat a bit prior to the showing and if you've got a fireplace or stove make sure there's a fire going. A little holiday background music might get them in the buying mood. Create some ambiance, create some interest, and just maybe you'll create a deal.
As of October 1, 2015 there were 1,211 residential homes for sale in the twelve communities covered by this lakes Region Real Estate Market Report. The average asking price came in at $568,894 while the much more meaningful median price point stood at $269,900. That means that half of the properties available were below that $269,900 mark. At the current sales pace this inventory level represents a 13.5 month supply of homes on the market.
Pease feel free to visit www.lakesregionhome.com to learn more about the Lakes Region real estate market and comment on this article and others. Data compiled using the NNEREN MLS system as of 10/1/15. Roy Sanborn is a sales associate at Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty and can be reached at 603-677-7012.
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