Here in Boulder County home sales continue to soar, aided in part by spectacular fall weather punctuated by sunny, blue sky days and late season color.
But these glorious weather days will wane soon as the air turns colder and autumn color fades.
As the winter scape settles in, warm your homes appeal with these crisp fall tips from Bradley Tuttle’s Real Estate Update – adapted to suit our Colorado climate.
Roll out the welcome mat with fall decorations
Decorate your home with mums, pumpkins, gourds and scarecrows now and enhance your curb appeal all the way through Thanksgiving. The simple addition of a new fall welcome mat instantly adds a homey touch and gives potential buyers a place to wipe their feet as wetter weather arrives.
Since rain or snow may make for a messy day, disposable shoe covers presented in a stylish basket add a brilliant touch of charm and practicality.
Colorado is a haven for outdoor living spaces, so you want to ensure your home’s outside charm shows well and invites exploration, even in wet weather. Make a plan to keep the driveway, sidewalks, patios and decks clear of leaves, snow and slush. It’s worth the investment to hire the teen next door or a professional service to maintain the exterior.
Brighten dim days
With the sun at a lower angle, even the sunniest home is darker this time of year. Let the light pour in by opening shades and keeping windows sparkling clean. Leave lights on for showings – even during the middle of the day. Make kitchens, bathrooms and areas with special details sparkle by turning the lights on high.
Keep indoor air fresh and crisp
Even with cooler weather, a home needs to smell fresh and odor free. Open your windows for airing once a day and run exhaust fans while cooking and showering. Keep the indoor climate at a moderate temperature so buyers feel comfortable – neither too warm nor cool.
Staying neat and tidy as colder weather settles takes extra effort, but it’s worth it to help make your home shine. Store baskets out of sight in every room, either under the beds or tucked in closets, to help with five-minute cleanups when last minute showings arise.
Stage your home for cozy fall gatherings
Make your home a reflection of the sentiments of the season – warm and vibrant. Let a beautiful fall wreath of red and gold leaves announce the warmth that waits inside. Welcome visitors as they step over the threshold with delightful aromas of hot apple cider spiced with cinnamon.
Turn fireplaces on low for a toasty glow and casually toss a throw and big fluffy pillows around the seating area to add that family feel.
Showcase your neighborhood
Featuring the lifestyle your home offers is the perfect way to tout the desirability of your home’s location. Create a picture in your buyer’s mind of the wonderful memories your home can bring. Provide maps and a list of things to do nearby like bike paths, hiking trails and community centers. Include pictures for you buyer’s book. Highlight convenience to grocery stores, bus stops, libraries and yoga centers. Talk up your corner coffee shop or neighborhood dog walker.
Most of all, remember fall homebuyers are motivated -- they want to move in before winter. Give them the confidence that your house is a wonderful home.