Fall is actually the second busiest time to sell a home, but if you want to get it sold before the holidays you need to make sure it stands out and shows maximum appeal.  Here are 9 tips that will help your home get buyers attention:

1.  Take care of any maintenance issues before you put it on the market.  As the weather gets colder, homes needing work are less appealing to a buyer since they know they might have to live with it until better weather.  So make sure your home is in good shape and move-in ready.

2.  If you want a buyer to fall in love with your home, make it cozy and inviting:  now is the time to put out a warm throw or two on the sofas or chairs, set the table with a lovely fall centerpiece and candles (unlit), turn on some soft music.  Help the buyer picture themselves living in your home.

3.  If you have a fireplace, rearrange the furniture a bit if you have to and feature it as the room's focal point.  If it's cold outside, consider having a fire in the fireplace to really flaunt it.  If it's not quite cold enough for a fire, place a log or two in there and make it look "fire" ready.

4.  If you don't have a fireplace, keep the thermostat turned up to a comfortable temperature for all showings.  If the house feels cold, it can be a real turn off to buyers.  Now is not the time to be stingy with the heat.

5.  It's starting to get dark earlier, and some days might be cloudy and gloomy, so make the effort to open the blinds and turn on all the lights for showings.  Pull back the curtains if you have to, too.  And make sure you aren't using low wattage light bulbs - again this is not the time to be stingy, get that house light and bright. 

6.  Take advantage of the holidays and decorate accordingly to make your home inviting - a nice fall wreath on the door or a pretty pumpkin arrangement on the front porch, a fall centerpiece on the table or mantle.  Just don't get carried away with a lot of "cluttery" decorations all over the house and yard - keep it VERY simple.

7.  Bake something - how about a cinnamon apple pie?  I know it sounds cheesy, but it really works.  It gives your house a warm, appealing scent that says "home".  If you aren't into baking, you can always get a frozen pie (or even put some cinnamon in a pan of water and boil it for a few minutes on the stove).

8.  Keep the yard clean - I know it's a lot of work this time of year to keep the leaves from taking over, but seeing the lawn is very important to buyers.  So set yourself a schedule and frequently clean those leaves up.  Keep the porch and walks swept off and the kids toys put away.  And how about putting a nice new welcome mat out on that front porch?  If it has cooled down a lot, you might have plants with dead or dying leaves and spent flowers in your yard - make sure those are removed or trimmed.  A pot or two of fall flowers like chrysanthemums would be a wonderful way to brighten up the yard and give it needed curb appeal.

9.  Get serious about selling right now and price the home accordingly.  Sure, you might be able to get a bit more money when the spring rolls around and everything is fresh and green, but if you want to be moved before the snow flies, make sure your home stands out by being one of the lowest priced homes among similar homes.  Buyers look at homes other than yours and they know how your price stacks up against the competition.  If your home is priced too high, the buyers might not even give it a look.

Follow these great tips and you'll be ready to sell your home quickly and be moved before the winter selling season arrives.

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The above information on the Payette real estate market was provided by Barb Hutchinson.  Barb can be reached by email at candobarb@msn.com or by phone at 208-707-4663.  Barb has helped people move in and out of homes in The Treasure Valley in Southwest Idaho for the last 27 years.

Thinking of selling your home?  I love to share my marketing expertise!

I sell homes and real estate in the following southwest Idaho towns:  Payette, Fruitland, Parma, Emmett, New Plymouth, Weiser, Caldwell, and Nampa, ID

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