October 18, 2023 | Selling

How to Prep Your Home for the Fall Real Estate Market

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The autumn months can be a great time to sell your home, but it’s important to make sure your property is ready for the market. First impressions matter! Here are some tips to help you get started:


Clean Gutters

Dirty gutters can make your home look poorly maintained. Clogged gutters can lead to leaks, mold and other costly repairs, so make sure you clean them out before putting your home on the market.

Roof Inspection

Inspect your roof for any damage or wear and tear. A professional inspection can reveal any issues that need repair, and help you avoid surprises during the selling process.

Seal Doors & Windows

Check for any drafts around doors and windows and seal them up. This can improve the energy efficiency of your home, making it more appealing to potential buyers as it can help them save money on their energy bills. A well-sealed home is less prone to moisture and air leaks.

Landscaping & Lawn Care

Keep your lawn well-manicured and free of debris. If your lawn and landscaping are overgrown or neglected, it can create a negative impression and turn away buyers from seeing the inside of your home.


Make Repairs

Fix any minor repairs such as leaky faucets, loose doorknobs, or squeaky doors. Buyers will be more attracted to a home that is well-maintained and move-in ready.

Update Paint

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for your home’s interior. Stick to neutral colours to appeal to a wide range of buyers. Whether you pick up a brush yourself, or hire a professional painter, this is one investment you don’t want to skip when prepping for a Fall Market listing.


Year after year, a modern and on-trend kitchen consistently rates as a top buyer priority when looking for a new home. Consider repainting cabinets in white or a neutral colour, swapping in stainless steel appliances, or replacing counters with quartz or granite. This investment ensures a healthy return during your home sale.


When considering a flooring update, consistency throughout the home is key. If your home currently has multiple colours or styles of flooring, it may be time to refresh! With many new options for vinyl, tile, laminate and hardwood, you don’t need to break the budget to bring vibrance and modernity to your home.

Pre-List Inspection

A pre-list inspection helps you identify potential issues and set a realistic price for your home. You want your buyers to feel as confident as possible in bringing a top-dollar offer, and one way to ensure this is to have a pre-list Inspection that is available for any potential buyers to view in advance of your offer date.

Declutter & Depersonalize

Make your home look spacious by minimizing unnecessary furniture and miscellaneous items. Store away personal items like family photos and important files. The goal is to show buyers the potential of each and every space.

Professional Cleaning

Once all updates have been completed and your photography appointment has been booked, we advise scheduling a professional deep cleaning service before hitting the market.

By following these tips, you can help your home stand out in the fall real estate market and attract potential buyers.

We’ve been fortunate to develop excellent relationships with top contractors, designers and tradespeople in Guelph and the surrounding area. We a wide range of exclusive preferred contractors to help facilitate any and all pre-listing updates you hope to tackle this Fall. If there is a specific update or trade you’d like to discuss, please don’t hesitate to give us a call and we will gladly guide you through the process.

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