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 Tips to Help Sell a Home in Autumn

The fall real estate market is almost always a hot season. Home selling in autumn is the second-best time of the year to sell a home. Families have returned from summer vacations. Kids have gone back to school. The holidays aren't yet upon us, at least not yet in an annoying way. We are set to enjoy 75 to 80 days of normalcy, and that's a great time to sell a home.

In parts of the country with four seasons, we watch leaves explode in vibrant colors as for sale signs pop up in yards. People are happy and relaxed as the temperature begins to drop. It's not just sweater weather that creates static electricity in autumn; it's the scurrying of agents diligently working to pop a few more sales into the hopper before third-quarter sales results are posted.

Here are some great tips for attracting the autumn home buyer:

1. Clean Up the Yard

Rake dead leaves and debris in your lawn. Don't let overgrown vegetation block the windows or path to the entrance. Cutting bushes and tree limbs will let the sun inside and showcase the exterior of your home. Cutaway summer vines and cut down dead flowers. Make the most of the autumn weather in the fall real estate market.

2. Create Autumn Curb Appeal

The most popular autumn flowers are chrysanthemums (or mums), and they bloom for a long time. Marigolds are another idea for fall. Both mums and marigolds are available in yellow, which is my number one home selling color. Plant them in pots. Place pots on the steps and along the sidewalk. Accent with pumpkins or other types of squash.

3. Dress the Windows

Rain and wind from over the summer months can make your windows dusty and streaked by autumn. You might not notice smudges, but buyers will, if only on a subconscious level. Your windows need to sparkle to sell a home. Maybe your cats routinely rub their little noses on the inside glass while walking along window ledges. You'll need to wash my windows inside and out every autumn. Remove screens and spray them down.

4. Check the HVAC

You want the air inside your home to smell fresh. When was the last time you changed your furnace filter? You can buy 90-day furnace filters. Check the HVAC system before you need to turn on the heater. Besides, the buyer will ask a home inspector to look at your HVAC. If you discover problems with your furnace, it's better to fix them before your home goes on the market.

5. Clean Out the Fireplace for the Fall Real Estate Market

Ah, nothing smells like autumn than smoke from a wood-burning fireplace. If you have a gas fireplace, light it when buyers come through. If the fireplace is filled with cobwebs because it hasn't been used for months, vacuum it out and wash it down. Some ​home stagers arrange knickknacks in the fireplace in place of wood logs.

6. Prepare Autumn Edibles

Speaking of autumn scents, you might set out freshly baked pumpkin cupcakes or simmer hot apple cider on the stove. Put a tray of cinnamon sticks on the counter, dotted with whole cloves. Prop open a cookbook to an autumn stew. Fill a bowl with crisp red apples.

7. Utilize Autumn Accent Colors

You don't need to dump a lifeless sofa when you can accessorize its dullness with bright red, orange and/or golden yellow pillows. Toss a quilt or autumn-colored throw over a chair. After you've cleared away the clutter and depersonalized each room, bring a few autumn hues to each room by placing bold-colored accent pieces in odd groupings such as 3's and 5's. Create an autumn centerpiece for the dining room table by arranging pine cones and nuts around orange candles, stick in a few leaves from the yard.

8. Turn on the Lights Everywhere

Above all, bring in the light. When days get shorter, the sun sets lower in the horizon and casts wider shadows. Pull up the blinds, open the shutters, push back the drapes on every window. Turn on every light in the house, including appliance lights and closet lights. Brighten darker rooms with few windows by placing spotlights on the floor behind furniture, and for goodness sakes, turn off the TV.

We are NEVER to busy to answer any questions you may have!  Happy Fall!!

                                   Cheers, Cindy & Corissa          

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TOP TEN SUMMER THINGS TO DO!

  1. Charter a fishing or sightseeing tour
  2. Paddle rivers, streams, and shorelines
  3. Hike the trails of Strathcona Provincial Park
  4. Book a tee time and hit the links for majestic views
  5. Enjoy local produce at the year round Farmers’ Market
  6. Browse art from 120+ artisans at the Filberg Festival in Comox
  7. Tour numerous local art studios and galleries
  8. Discover Aboriginal heritage at National Aboriginal Day
  9. Tour and taste at locals breweries, wineries & distilleries
  10. Buy off-the-boat salmon, tuna, and halibut at the Comox Wharf

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TOP TEN SPRING THINGS TO DO!

  1. Ski Mount Washington Alpine Resort
  2. Try caving at Horne Lake Caves
  3. Go scuba diving to see Pacific octopus, wolf eels and seals
  4. Walk or drive the Comox Valley Heritage Experience Tour
  5. Book a kayak or canoe trip to neighbouring islands
  6. Go birdwatching at several estuaries
  7. Check out live music, concerts, and theatre performances
  8. Taste farm-to-table specialties at Dine Around the Comox Valley
  9. Hit the links at one of the year-round golf courses
  10. Hike Nymph Falls Nature Park.

Nordic or alpine ski in spring conditions, scuba dive in search of octopus and wolf eels, cave at Horne Lake, bird watch in the Courtenay Estuary, sample farm-to-table cuisine during Dine Around Comox Valley, take part in the annual Snow to Surf Adventure Relay Race, catch the classic Victoria Day Parade in Cumberland, witness the spectacular herring run at Point Holmes, and indulge a love of seafood at the annual BC Seafood Festival, the largest seafood celebration in western Canada.

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CINDY’S TIP OF THE WEEK

 

1 Paint!
Dollar for dollar, a fresh coat of paint gives you more bang for your decorating buck than anything else. Even if your current palette is relatively new, any scuffs or wear marks will channel an unkempt vibe. And an unusual colour choice – even if the height of fashion – may limit your home’s appeal. So, break out that roller and slap on a couple coats of crowd-pleasing warm white or sand paint.

2 Improve the lighting!
Replace any dated light fixtures ASAP. How can you tell if it has to go? If it’s over 15 years old and looks it – it should probably go. “Retro” is not something most homebuyers are looking for. You don’t need to break the bank, just head to Home Depot or Canadian Tire.

3 De-clutter!
Take the collectibles off the mantel, put the mismatched armchair into storage (or better yet, donate it) and pare your closets down to what you’re actually wearing this season, packing away the rest. Ideally, all this extra stuff would head to charity (if in good, saleable condition), the garbage dump, or into storage. The more you store onsite, the more cluttered and smaller your home appears.
 

4 Give dated bathrooms a facelift!
A nice bath helps sell a house but, don’t invest in a total renovation. Renos are costly, and you won’t recoup your costs unless you find your exact décor doppelganger. Bring an out-of-date bath up to speed with gleaming white walls whether via a fresh coat of white bath and kitchen paint or ceramic tile and new lighting (Home Depot excels at affordable, stylish bathroom vanity lighting). Buy neutral new shower curtains, a simple new bath mat and vanity set, and have fresh flowers in the room during showings.

5 Take down curtains!
Dated window treatments need to come down, pronto (if it’s over 10 years old, get rid of it). If privacy isn’t an issue, just leave the windows bare to maximize natural light and make the room’s dimensions seem more generous. Otherwise, buy basic-issue cotton or linen drapes from Linens ‘N Things or another well-priced retailer. Always tie drapes back during viewings and open houses.

6 Put up mirrors!
Make small rooms appear bigger and dark rooms seem brighter by adding an attractive wall mirror. A boxlike dining room will benefit from a leaning floor mirror (HomeSense, Winners, or Home Depot often has great deals) and an entranceway more welcoming with a console mirror.

7 Update porch hardware!
Increase your home’s curb appeal by updating the hardware on your front porch. Buy a doorknocker or bell, mailbox, kick plate, doorknob and lockset in a set or in complementary styles. Brushed nickel is a neutral finish that will never date, while oil-rubbed bronze is another favourite.

8 And the porch light!
Update your porch light to coordinate with the new hardware, if needed. They don’t have to be an exact match or even come from the same period, but the finishes and styles should look pleasing together.

9 Spiff up the front yard!
Refresh your front yard according to the season. In spring, summer and fall, trim back dead plants and foliage and plant attractive annuals or perennials in flowerbeds. In winter, keep the walkway shoveled and cut back any tree or shrub branches damaged by heavy snowfall. A pair of planters flanking the front door and filled with seasonal arrangements instantly conveys pride of ownership.

10 Tend the backyard!
Simple fix-it’s will make the most of your existing yard layout. Replace any damaged boards on your deck or fence, and apply a fresh coat of paint, or stain and sealant if the finish needs it. Weed and groom your garden and add some perennials for colour when in-season. If kids’ toys are taking over the space, put some in storage. Think “tidy,” “update” and “refresh”: never do anything costly or major like adding a swimming pool or pond, which may put off potential buyers.

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TOP TEN WINTER THINGS TO DO!

To discover the glory of a Comox Valley winter, try some of these options for winter fun:

  1. Ride the slopes at Mount Washington on skis or snowboard – Open Now!
  2. Remember to Après! Fantastic music line-ups Jan 17-Feb 10 for ticketed and free events including: Retro Rock Revival, the Whiskeydicks, Time Well Wasted, Tom Lavin & the Powder Blues, Cellos Extraordinaire, Almost Alan with Centerpiece and more
  3. Check out over 55 miles of pristine cross-country trails at Mount Washington’s Raven Lodge
  4. Treat yourself to a rejuvenating spa treatment
  5. Tour the festive window displays in the Downtown shopping areas
  6. Browse local art galleries and gift shops
  7. Check out one of our eight museums
  8. Visit the indoor Comox Valley Farmers’ Market and sample local produce
  9. Challenge yourself on one of the year-round golf courses
  10. Experience spectacular scuba diving in one of the world’s cleanest marine environments

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