Things look and feel different in the fall. Sweater weather, leaf raking, pumpkin carving – all of the rituals of autumn can put folks in a unique mood and state of mind. If those folks happen to be prospective home buyers, houses that reflect that fall feeling may appear more appealing to them than they otherwise would. Homeowners who want to increase the chances of selling their home at or above their listing price can do themselves a favor by taking some easy steps to help their home capture the spirit of the season.

No matter what time of year it is, staging is always an essential aspect of the home sale cycle. But this fall, consider the following tips as you prepare your home to put its best face forward.

Keep The Yard Up

In addition to raking leaves, you can take other steps to keep your yard looking healthy and vibrant. Patch any brown spots on the lawn, plant some hearty flowers, pull weeds, and prune any trees and shrubs.

Let There Be Light

With the sun setting earlier and earlier each day, you want to keep your home as bright as possible for those who may be paying a visit later in the afternoon or evening. Keep your exterior lights on, open the shades to let more sunlight into your home, and start a fire in the fireplace if you have one. More light tends to make rooms appear larger and more inviting.

Cozy Is King

Potential buyers visiting your home this fall are picturing themselves living there during Chicago’s notoriously brutal winters. That means they want to see a cozy, warm, comfortable place to hibernate when the temps are below freezing. Lots of blankets and fluffy pillows, the aforementioned fireplace, and warm fall colors can all create an atmosphere of comfort and relaxation.

Embrace the Season

While you want to avoid overwhelming and over-the-top Halloween decorations that can distract from or obscure the beauty of your home, tasteful displays of pumpkins, fall gourds, corn cobs, scented candles, and other autumnal décor can add to that fall feeling.

If you plan on buying or selling a Chicago home or condo this fall, reach out to one of the experienced agents at Z Chicago today.