The autumn real estate market is almost always a hot season, which might come as a surprise given how busy this time can be. You have families returning from their summer vacations, kids are back at school, and sporting events/ activities have started back up. However there is some normalcy and the holidays aren’t upon us quite yet- well at least not in September and October. This gives you about 75 to 80 days of normalcy to enjoy, and that can be a good time to sell a home.

If you need to sell a home in autumn, you’ll want to do everything you can to attract a buyer. Here are some worthy tips for attracting the autumn home buyer.

Create Autumn Curb Appeal

The most popular autumn flowers are chrysanthemums (or mums), and they bloom for a long time. Marigolds are another good idea for fall. Both mums and marigolds are available in yellow, a number one home selling color. Plant them in pots, then place the pots on the steps and along the sidewalk. Accent with pumpkins or other types of squash.

Clean Out the Fireplace

Nothing smells of autumn quite like smoke from a wood-burning fireplace. Unfortunately, burning wood indoors or outdoors is outlawed in some parts of the country. You can light your gas fireplace when buyers come through if you have one. Vacuum the fireplace and wash it down if it’s filled with cobwebs because it hasn’t been used for months.

Some ​home stagers arrange knick knacks in the fireplace in place of wood logs.

About Those Bathrooms

Take a quick peek in your bathrooms prior to hosting a showing. You’re going to want to give the whole bathroom a good cleaning before inviting prospective buyers if there are mildew marks in the bath or shower. Buyers are especially tuned in to how problematic mildew and mold can be in older bathrooms.

Prepare Autumn Treats

Speaking of autumn scents, you might want to set out freshly baked pumpkin cupcakes or simmer some hot apple cider on the stove. Put a tray of cinnamon sticks on the counter, dotted with whole cloves. Prop open a cookbook to an autumn stew recipe. Fill a bowl with crisp red apples.

Clean Up the Yard

You’ll want to ensure that your front lawn looks neat and tidy when potential buyers arrive at showings. Create a to-do list and send the whole family to work outside.

Rake up dead leaves and debris from your lawn. Don’t let overgrown vegetation block the windows or the path to the entrance. Cutting bushes and tree limbs back will let the sun inside and showcase the exterior of your home. Cutaway summer vines and cut down dead flowers. Make the most of the autumn weather in the fall real estate market.


Dress the Windows

Rain and wind from the summer months can make your windows dusty and streaked by the time late fall rolls around. You might not notice smudges, but buyers will, if only on a subconscious level. Your windows have to sparkle to sell your home. Maybe your cats routinely rub their little noses on the inside glass while they’re walking along window ledges. Wash your windows inside and out every autumn. Remove screens, and spray them down.

Set the Mood With Music

Think beyond “See You in September.” German beer festivals are often held in October, but polka music and accordions aren’t appropriate for autumn home selling. You’ll be better off with Enya’s “The First of Autumn” or George Winston’s new age piano album “Autumn.”

Use Autumn Accent Colors

You don’t have to dump that lifeless sofa. Accessorize its dullness with bright red, orange and/or golden yellow pillows instead. Toss a quilt or autumn-colored throw over a chair. Bring a few autumn hues to each room by placing bold-colored accent pieces in odd groupings, such as threes and fives.


An experienced local real estate agent, like Carlos G, can be your best option to achieve a desirable outcome. San Diego agents are familiar with local market conditions and can provide guidance on pricing your home and making repairs without spending more than you need to.