Keeping a tidy yard is a great way to boost curb appeal when selling Kelowna real estate in the fall.
Next to spring, autumn is the best time of year to sell Kelowna real estate. Most families have returned from summer vacation, the kids are back in school and life for most people returns to some semblance of ‘normal’. Also, other than Thanksgiving, you don’t have to worry about any major holidays disrupting the status quo.
There’s usually a flurry of activity this time of year in luxury real estate, so if you plan on listing a property, you need to ensure you’re well positioned and that you’ve done everything possible to give your home a chance to sell quickly, and for top dollar.
Our Kelowna real estate specialists have come up with a handy to-do list to get you on potential homebuyers’ shortlists.
1. Maintain your yard
With the onset of autumn comes the dropping of leaves. Your yard is one of the first things homebuyers will notice when they pull into the driveway, and here are a few maintenance items that’ll help you make a good first impression:
- Rake leaves
- Keep lawn manicured
- Clear paths of overgrown vegetation
- Prune trees and shrubs
- Dig up gardens and flowerbeds as needed
It’s particularly important to keep your lawn clear of leaves and debris as a buildup of mulch and organic matter can kill grass, which will lead to unsightly brown spots.
2. Add colour with flowers
If you have a green thumb, or know someone who’s adept at gardening, adding a splash of colour to your property with fall flowers is a great way to make your home stand out.
Certain varieties of chrysanthemums (also known as mums) bloom as late as October, while hydrangea shrubs are known to keep their vibrant blue and purple blossoms until the first frost.
Placing fall flowers such as marigolds, mums and cone flowers (aka Echinacea) in pots along walkways or by entranceways gives homes a warm, welcoming feeling. Add pumpkins to the arrangement for the complete harvest motif.
3. Inspect the HVAC system
If you haven’t already started using your HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) to heat your house, it wouldn’t hurt to test it before you place your home on the Kelowna real estate market. It’s likely been months since you last used it in spring, so at the very least you should check the filter and replace it.
The last thing you want if for a potential homebuyer to walk through and notice a dusty smell when your furnace kicks in.
4. Clean the fireplace of your Kelowna Real Estate
If your home uses either a wood or gas fireplace as a main or supplemental heat source, it would be a good idea to give it a thorough cleaning to remove cobwebs and make the glass inserts sparkle.
To give your home a cozy feeling, turn your gas fireplace on when people are walking through.
For other helpful pointers when selling Kelowna real estate, be sure to read our Home Staging Tips.
Are you preparing to list your luxury property on the Kelowna real estate market? Come and talk to the experts at Quincy Vrecko & Associates. We have the knowledge and experience to list your home competitively to ensure you receive maximum value on your investment.