This is the time of year when our thoughts are on the coming months ahead, meaning holidays, shopping, bad weather, winterization of our cars, homes, equipment, etc.
Surprisingly enough, autumn is one of the busiest seasons for home sellers and buyers! We sometimes think of summer as the busy selling season But autumn is much the same, as buyers are trying to secure their home purchase before spring in anticipation of landscaping, painting and generally getting their new home ready to enjoy in good weather.
And what better time than autumn to start searching? Homes generally show their best in the summer months, but autumn gives the buyer the opportunity of discovering if the basement is wet, if the gutters are sufficient, does the furnace work properly since last winter, do the windows leak air?
Home sellers, likewise, have the opportunity to showcase their home among a smaller inventory of homes available and a growing group of buyers searching. NOW is the time to make your home stand out from all the others by having your home up to par for buyers’expectations. Feel free to share the furnace maintenance invoice or energy audit or warranty information on the equipment or appliances you plan on transferring with the property. Did you have gutter guards installed or downspouts redirected or your main sewer drain cleaned out? Make sure potential buyers have that information!
Many buyers, especially first-time home buyers, want some assurances that there will be no major repair or maintenance issues for awhile, and especially don’t want major repairs during the holidays and winter months.
We can’t stress enough the importance of marketing your home with a REALTOR®, who knows what the buyers are looking for, what issues may arise, and help you navigate through the process. And buyers also need to have a REALTOR® help them through the home buying “adventure”.
And remember…..ALL real estate is local! Make sure you REALTOR® is a member of the Stark County Association of REALTORS®!
(As appearing in The Canton Repository 10-14-16)