The Pros of Selling a House During the Fall
1. The Home Will Show Well in the Fall
Rarely do homes look better than during the autumn months. The colorful leaves, fall decor (think: pumpkins) and seasonal flowers are enough to enhance any home’s appearance. For sellers, this means that curb appeal will be at its peak, and so will a buyer’s interest. To ensure that your home is looking its best, we also recommend prepping it before you list it. A little yard work, tree pruning, decluttering and staging can go a long way in improving the appearance of a home.
2. The Weather Is Ideal for Moving
Moving during the hot summer months can be a hot sweaty pain. Moving during the winter months can be downright dangerous. But moving during the fall? That's pretty much perfect. Not only is the weather ideal for outdoor moving conditions, but the roads should be free of ice and snow as well. With mild, cool temperatures in most parts of the country during the fall months, you should be able to relocate to a new home without breaking a sweat.
3. You Might Be Able to Settle Into Your New House Before the Holidays
4. You Can Take Advantage of Lower Moving Costs
The Cons of Selling a House During the Fall
Here are several cons of selling a house during the fall months
1. Having School-age Children Makes It Harder to Move
Parents of school-age children will find it more difficult to move during the fall months. Showing the home to potential buyers will also be harder when children are participating in virtual school from home and/or school homework. For this reason, many sellers prefer to list their homes during the summer months when showings are easier. Buyers may also be less inclined to purchase a home and move during the fall months due to this inconvenience.
2. You May Have to Lower the Listing Price
Just like the weather, the housing market tends to cool off during the fall months. Unfortunately for sellers, this drop in demand often means a drop in prices as well. In general, sellers are less likely to maximize their home's selling price during the fall. So if you're considering listing your home on the pricier side, you may want to think twice before adding that extra zero. The silver lining? If the seller is also buying a home during the fall, they're more likely to score a good deal on a property.