Helpful Fall Tips
Fall is around the corner and we have some great tips for your home maintenance and curb appeal. When you are looking to move both buyers and sellers can and will appreciate the fact that the house and lawn look great!
Let’s get started with some fall home maintenance items. Did you know that getting ready for the winter months can save you a lot of money, pain and aggravation? The cold, snow and rain can do a number to a home, so you don’t want to ignore winter preparation.
- Flush hot water heater and remove sediment. This will help prolong the life of the heater and help with efficiency as well.
- Get heating system ready for winter. Make sure your furnace filter is changed, look around to be sure that no heating vents are blocked, and schedule a service call to have your furnace service/inspected annually.
- Turn off and flush outdoor water faucets. Flush your hoses and then store them away. Winterize sprinkler systems as well, if you have one.
- Get chimney cleaned, if you have one. Some say do this in the spring, some say fall, and either way just make sure it’s done once per year.
- Test your sump pump. You don’t want to wait until you need your sump pump to find out its not working.
- Check driveway/pavement for cracks. Make sure to have resealed before winter; water can freeze and expand in the cracks, causing more damage.
- Buy winter gear. Have sidewalk salt, good shovels, gloves, etc. ready for winter. You never know when the first snow will come!
Now let’s move to the curb appeal for fall. We do not always think about doing or think that it matters. Here are a few tips to make an impact and keeping things looking sharp for showings, holiday gatherings and whenever you may have people to your home.
- Spruce up your Lawn. While brilliant fall foliage can automatically make your home look more attractive for showings, that doesn’t mean you can slack off on your lawn maintenance during this season. Keep falling leaves at bay with frequent raking and patch up any brown spots in the grass.
- Plant Fall Flowers. Once your lawn is looking its best, add a splash of color with fall plants such as mums or other colorful flowers.
- Highlight your front door. Making your front door the focal point of your home’s exterior is a good tactic no matter what time of the year your decide to sell your home. During the fall, a simple wreath of fall foliage and flowers can add an inviting touch. A fresh coat of paint in a vivid red can also make your entrance stand out.
- Clean the exterior. When fall rolls around and the trees shed their leaves, your home becomes more exposed, making its exterior appearance extra important. Before putting your home on the market, pressure wash the exterior and clean the windows. If the paint is chipped or faded, applying a fresh coat will do wonders to revive your home’s appearance.
- Clear out all gutters. Staying on top of yearly and monthly maintenance lets buyers know you care about your home’s upkeep. During the fall, be sure to clear your gutters and downspouts of leaves and other debris, which will protect your home from water damage.
- Add outdoor lighting. As the days get shorter, it becomes increasingly important to provide potential homebuyers with a safe path to your front door. Use decorative lights to illuminate walkways, and install flood lights or lanterns to brighten up entrance areas.
- Keep decorations Simple. While subtle fall décor, a wreath on the door or pots of seasonal flowers will make your home look inviting and fresh. Going overboard will distract buyers from your home itself. Save your scarecrows and spooky Halloween decorations for another year.