Perhaps your Montgomery AL home has been on the market all summer or personal circumstances require you to list it now.  In either case, selling during the fall season requires that your property has ultimate appeal and stands out from the competition.  Although the pool of potential buyers diminishes once summer is over, those who do continue look more often than not have a goal of finding a place before the holidays.  It makes sense, then, that house salewith mindful staging strategies, continued landscape maintenance, and seasonal awareness, your home could be just what they have been looking for.

As you’ve read numerous times, a buyer’s first impression is paramount in importance.  Play up any lovely foliage in your yard by patching brown spots in the lawn, mowing whenever needed, and raking leaves frequently (both front and back).  Keep in mind that as leaves fall, the exterior of your Montgomery AL home becomes more exposed, so consider power washing dirty siding, touching up chipped paint, cleaning gutters and downspouts, repainting faded shutters, railings, and doors, and pruning overgrown trees and bushes.  Keep walkways clear of debris and outdoor lights clean and in good working order.  Make your entrance way inviting by adding autumn potted plants, a seasonal door wreath, and a pumpkin or two.

And don’t forget the garage—inside and out.  You may consider the garage just an add-on, but prospective purchasers react quite well to one that is clean, organized, and useful for storage.  You can get online help in removing unsightly grease/oil stains from the concrete floor and for tips on garage organization.

“Staging” is the process of arranging your Montgomery AL home so that it appeals to all buyers and allows them to imagine themselves living there.  Three C’s —clean, cozy, and clutter-free--work well here in making both physical and emotional impressions on buyers.  Highlight fall colors with pillows, towels, rugs, flowers, or bedding.  Enhance brightness by using higher wattage bulbs and keeping curtains open.  Display a bowl of apples or bake a pie or cookies just before an open house.   If you have a fireplace, make it the focus of a room.  Want more ideas?  Several sites, including Rismedia, and offer valuable do-it-yourself staging tips that will enhance the “sell-ability” of your home.

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