Is autumn the best time to sell?
When selling a house, there are many different factors to take into account. From fluctuations in the state of the economy, mortgage rates and local supply and demand, activity in these areas can all affect your decision to sell.
However, one fact people often forget surrounds the best season to sell your home.
When is the best time to sell your property?
With spring a long way off and summer drawing to a close, some people might be worried they have missed the best opportunity to sell their property.
However, contrary to popular belief, autumn might actually be the best time to sell your home. The truth is that eager buyers don't always bloom with the spring flowers.
Although there is some advantage to the warmer months for property activity, this is largely due to a rapid influx into the market of sellers utilising the weather.
Consequently the market can be flooded with listings as vendors all have the same idea.
Converting a listing into a sale can be much easier when there are fewer options on the market.
It's not just the fewer properties on the market for sale that makes autumn a great time to sell, either.
The weather isn't as harsh as the summer months nor as cool as the winter season.
Summer months bring the disruption of Christmas, school holidays and beach trips, once this has all calmed down people have more time to consider buying a property.
For sports fans, there is more time in weekends to attend open inspections because cricket has ended and footy hasn't started up again.
How do you maximise selling power in autumn?
To achieve great results with your autumn property sale, it's a good idea to make your home look great and in tip top shape. Plant flowers that will bloom in autumn or embrace the essence of the season by capturing the red and gold colour changes with deciduous trees. Try to give the impression of a low maintenance garden by raking up leaves.
When holding open inspections, make sure to employ daylight hours as the early evenings will become much darker. Invite buyers into your home in the morning or middle of the day.
If needs require a buyer to inspect your home in the dimmer hours, make sure to switch on lights throughout the home to brighten and lighten.
On a cooler day make sure to take the chill out of rooms by heating up spaces before viewers arrive.
Have a quick check to make sure that the harsh summer sun hasn't wreaked havoc with paint work on the exterior of your house. If this has happened, it might be time to have a little bit of a spruce up!