Top Tips for Getting Your Home Ready for the Fall
We just celebrated the beginning of the autumnal, or fall, equinox in the Northern Hemisphere (spring in the Southern Hemisphere) on September 23. Whether it is fall or spring in your part of the world, and whether or not you are planning on selling your home any time soon, it is always a good idea to get a head start on cleaning and organizing your home for the season! While spring cleaning seems to get most of the attention, following are some of our favorite fall tips to help you get started.
Increasing the Curb Appeal of Your Home
You can never underestimate the power of curb appeal when it comes to increasing the chances of selling your home at the best price. And, according to a Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC post, 5 Ways to Boost Your Curb Appeal for the Fall Selling Season, many of the ways you can boost your home’s curb appeal are simple and won’t break the bank, including:
Enhance your Entryway
First impressions are everything! Clean your door, maybe paint your door a new color, sweep up, put down a new doormat, replace hardware, etc. All easy, and inexpensive ways to brighten up your entryway.
Clean Windows and Fixtures
Clean your windows and outdoor light fixtures, a little bit of hard work can go a long way towards making a good impression. Consider inexpensive solar lights for your walkways and garden borders for a warm nighttime look.
Tidy Up Your Landscaping
Sprucing up (so to speak) your landscaping is one of the easiest, and cost effective, ways you can improved the appeal and value of your home. Make sure your lawn is mowed, edged, and you have fall flowers planted.
Speaking of…if you’re looking for ideas on what to plant this fall, read this post by Century 21 Real Estate LLC, 5 Flowers to Plant this Fall!
Pay Attention to Your Drainage
Clean your gutters and make sure the grading around your foundation doesn’t allow water to pool. Buyers don’t want to be worried about water penetration. Use downspout extenders, if needed, to divert the water away from your foundation and into your yard.
Avoid Clutter, Keep it Clean
Keep your décor tasteful and simple to accent, and not divert attention, from the beauty of your home. Hardy mums, pumpkins, gourds, etc. are easy, and colorful ways to make your home stand out.
Most buyers are going to see your home online or drive by before setting up an appointment to view the home, so curb appeal can really give you an advantage.
Keep It Simple Inside and Out
If a nice simple fall cleaning checklist is what you are looking for, take a look at this comprehensive and easy checklist from Real Simple for cleaning your home, both inside and outside, Fall Cleaning Checklist.
Don’t Forget About Your Garage!
Don’t forget about tidying up your garage (although you may want to forget). While this may not be on the top of your list of fun things to do, fall is a great time to take on this task.
- Categorize items
- Group similar items together
- Donate or discard any items that you are not using
- Determine a layout of your garage
- Install cabinets or purchase storage bins
- Don’t try to do everything at once and bite off more than you can chew, keep it simple!
Here’s a few articles that will give you some practical, and easy, steps for tackling that most overwhelming of tasks!
Do you have any of your personal strategies that have worked for you? Please comment on this post to share your top tips!
Here are some additional resources to help you on your way to refreshing and streamlining your home: