Selling Your Home in the Fall

By Jennifer Nixon on September, 27 2019
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Jennifer Nixon
Jennifer Nixon

Marketing Consultant
Jennifer has experience in graphic design, brand development, and digital media. She is passionate about architecture, typography, and black & white film photography.

Fall is a great time to prep your home for sale - tackle these projects now so you can sit back and enjoy the cooler evenings worry-free.




Clean & Organize

  • In addition to cleaning floors & rugs, take time to wipe the walls & ceiling corners - a Swiffer or dry mop with a microfiber cloth attached is a great way to reach from top to bottom without a ladder
  • Dust ceiling fans, AC vents, and cabinets & baseboards; then scrub shower walls & floors to keep grout looking fresh
  • Go through your cleaning supplies and properly dispose of anything that is no longer needed
  • Get more cleaning ideas here: Start Spring Cleaning Every Month

There will be less natural light in the fall, so make sure you always turn on all the lights before a showing to showcase all your home has to offer.


Care for Trees & Shrubs

  • Contact an Arborist if you need help determining how to care for mature trees
  • For younger trees and shrubs, prune lightly as needed
  • Add mulch to protect the soil around the roots and freshen up flowerbeds to boost your curb appeal
  • Clean up the yard too - freshen flower beds and pull weeds


Replace HVAC Filters

  • This is especially important following Summer when the AC runs more frequently
  • Having a clean smelling home goes a long way towards making the right first impression


Clear the Clutter

  • While it might be convenient to stash seasonal items in closets, when your home is listed and you have showings, realtors & buyers will want to open closets - if it looks crammed, potential buyers might think there isn't enough space for their things, too
  • Same goes for cabinets, get a head start on packing and reduce your dishes and kitchen goods down to the basics that you need so you can free up space
  • Reduce the items in your fridge & pantry to remove anything expired or things you've forgotten about so you can give everything a good wipe down - this will help you prep to move, whether you are taking your fridge with you or conveying it with the sale of your home


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Editor's Note: This post was originally published in September 2017 and has been updated to reflect the most accurate information.

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