When trying to forecast the future housing market, most experts look at pending home sales. If they’re consistently trending upward, we can comfortably look forward to a robust near-future. For most of this year, the pending Scottsdale home sale statistics have looked like a rollercoaster, with sales going up and down.
With ever-shrinking inventories of available homes and the corresponding rise in prices, what will happen in autumn is anyone’s guess at this point. But right now, with expanding job growth and continued low interest rates, it appears that the fall Scottsdale home-selling market will be somewhat robust, since there is a shortage of inventory and increased buyer demand.
So, if you’re among those hoping to sell their Scottsdale home this fall, we have put together some tips to help you get started. And, by the way, now is the best time to start.
Choose your real estate agent now
Think about the appearance of the exterior of your home because curb appeal is one of the first things Scottsdale home buyers are attracted to. The lawn may begin going dormant and temperatures dip, those colorful summer annuals lose their charm.
When Scottsdale home buyers are perusing the MLS for homes to view in person, they view the home’s photo first. If what they see isn’t compelling, they’ll click to the next home on their list. So, if you wait until fall to choose your real estate agent, your home will look like all the others.
If you hire your agent right away, you can start the process of staging your Scottsdale home for potential buyers and get your photo’s done so you are ready to go when the time is right. Not all real estate agents are the same, so choose wisely or it may cost in you in the long run.
Get maintenance out of the way
Consider having the HVAC system serviced. Summer is rough on the system and dust and dirt can accumulate around the outdoor components, restricting air flow during fall and winter. The lack of fresh air circulating in the home during showings can become a deal killer.
If you have small repairs that need to be done, get them out of the way now, you avoid having to do them at the last minute. Don’t forget, Scottsdale home buyers will ask for an inspection and the fewer things they find wrong the more attractive your home becomes.
Autumn is all about getting cozy and nothing helps you get there better than a fire in the fireplace. Though you may not want to leave one roaring while you’re away at work, you may want to make the fireplace a focal point for showings. Clean the glass doors, clear out accumulated ashes and, if it’s been awhile, consider hiring a chimney sweep.
Staging your Scottsdale home now for fall buyers
The most important thing you can do when you’re considering how to stage the Scottsdale home in any season is to bring in as much light as possible. It’s even more important in fall and winter since days get shorter, and home interiors become darker, earlier. Yes, leaving the curtains open helps, but you may want to consider beefing up the interior lighting of the home as well.
Buy new lamps for dark corners and add brighter bulbs to fixtures that could use them. Then, leave the lights on (yes, all of them) before leaving for work in the morning on days you expect showings.
As you look for ways to stage your Scottsdale home, remember the fireplace-as-a-focal-point idea. Arrange the furniture so that it faces the fireplace and then dress the mantel (subtly) in an autumn theme. Use cozy throws on the sofa or chairs to further promote the idea of warmth and comfort.
Curb appeal still matters
Probably the most challenging aspect of a fall Scottsdale home sale is keeping the yard free of plant debris. As we get closer to the time you’ll be putting your Scottsdale home on the market, keep your landscaping looking fresh and neat.
Consider planting some fall color as well, such as rust-colored and yellow mums. Even if they’re planted in pots that line the walkway or are clustered attractively on the porch, that pop of color will catch buyers’ eyes.
Give the furniture a good cleaning and then arrange it tastefully so that buyers can picture themselves entertaining in that spot.
Finally, organize the garage. Sure, you don’t read much about staging garages, but it’s just as important (if not more so to some buyers) as staging the other areas of your Scottsdale home. If you use yours for storage, start with de-cluttering it, purge items you no longer use or need and then organize what’s left.
Toss all the information you’ve collected on summer home sales because selling in fall is a somewhat different process. Thankfully, we are still experiencing a seller’s market so along with the advantages inherent in this type of market, you’ll have even less competition from other sellers than you would have if you’d decided to sell in summer.
If you are considering selling this fall, or any time for that matter, contact us and we’ll give you our recommendations on how to price your home based on current conditions and we’ll get those all-important exterior photos taken now. We would be happy to meet with you bring in our home stagger at no expense and get your Scottsdale home ready to sell. Call or text Stephen Proski anytime at 602-620-2164. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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