The Pros and Cons of Selling a House During the Fall

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From the vibrant-colored trees and cool weather to the cozy sweaters and apple-picking fun, there’s plenty to look forward to when fall rolls around. Of course, home selling and buying isn’t usually one of them. The housing market typically cools off a bit during the fall months for a number of reasons, including: 1) school is back in session, which means families are less likely to upend their life and move; 2) peak real estate season (summer) has just ended, meaning inventory is more limited; and 3) the holidays are about to kick off, making it less convenient to move. However, for those who are planning to list their home for sale this fall, there are still plenty of advantages and benefits to doing so. Autumn is typically a time for new beginnings, so it’s only fitting that homeowners may be looking to sell their house and start fresh in a new place. Here are a few pros and cons of selling a house during the fall months.

The pros of selling a house during the fall

Here are several pros of selling a house during the fall months.

  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

    There’s nothing more inconvenient than having to move to a new home during the middle of the holiday season. If you want to be settled into a home before Christmas, we recommend listing your home in the summer or early fall months. Assuming a buyer bites quickly, you may be able to sell and move before the holiday season.

  4. You can take advantage of lower moving costs

    With peak moving season behind you, movers will be less in demand than they were during the summer months. For those moving during the fall, this drop in demand could mean lower moving costs and cheaper prices. To maximize your savings, we also recommend moving mid-month and mid-week when rates are lower. For more tips on choosing the best time to move.

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.

  3. It may limit your holiday decorating

    Ready to deck the halls with all of your Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas decor? Given that homes tend to sell faster and for more money when there’s less junk inside, sellers may want to think twice before outfitting the home in holiday decorations. If you do need to sell your home during the holiday season, we recommend keeping holiday decor to a minimum. Declutter the rest of the house before setting up your decorations as well. For more tips on decluttering the home before selling it.

  4. The holidays may limit mover availability

    While moving during the early fall weeks probably won’t be an issue, moving during late fall could mean less mover availability. Many moving companies give their employees holidays (including those holiday weekends) off of work. With several holidays occurring during the fall (think: Columbus Day, Halloween and Thanksgiving), you may have trouble nailing down a moving date that works for both you and the mover. During the holiday months, weekend moving dates may be especially hard to reserve. 

Ready to move this fall?

Moving during the fall is much easier when you have professionals to help with the heavy lifting. To find the best moving company to handle your autumn move, check Moving.com’s extensive network of reputable and reliable movers. All relocation companies in our network are licensed and insured, so you can rest assured that your move will be in good hands. For those moving themselves this fall, we recommend looking into nearby truck rentals. Just make sure you choose the one that best fits your budget and needs. For more information and discounts on various rental truck companies, check out Moving.com’s truck rental center. Best of luck and happy moving!