Proper Property Services

Curb Appeal for Fall

fall-front-porch-decorating-ideas-0009Let me start off by saying...I LOVE FALL!

By far my favorite seasons are Summer and Fall.  Now that it is officially September I am ready for the Fall season to begin and for the segway into College Football and “The Holidays”!  It’s such a cozy and beautiful time of year for nature, and family and friends.

With that being said, those of you whom are getting ready to list your homes should be considering sprucing up your home’s Curb Appeal, true to the season.

Things to keep in mind, no matter how much we try our best not to judge, first impressions are inevitable.  Your home’s exterior is the very FIRST thing a buyer sees; you’ve got to make it inviting and impressive.  Set the tone.

So, here it is, your Fall Curb Appeal To-Do List:

Paint/Stain Front Door
Welcome Mat
Potted Fall Flowers
Fall Wreath
Exterior Lighting
Powerwash Siding/Exterior & Porch
Wash Windows
Clean Gutters
Maintain Landscaping & Lawn

Keep in mind that while the Buyer’s Agent is fumbling with the lockbox, the Buyers are standing on the porch with the Agent scoping out all of the cobwebs, dirt, dead bugs, and burnt out light bulbs. You have got to set the tone before they even step foot into your home!!!

Paint/Stain Front Door
Nothing beats a fresh coat of paint or stain. Taking this action on your front door will make it look shiny and NEW!

Welcome Mat
This item covers two bases, “wipe your feet” and “welcome”! A mat goes a long way in making the front porch homey.

Potted Fall Flowers
I LOVE MUMS! My personal opinion is that a couple of pots of colorful Mums on your porch or walkway is CLASSY. Just do it. Trust me.

Fall Wreath
Another quick solution to create a sense of homey-ness before a buyer has even walked in the front door. And, what better way to show of your freshly painted front door than with a fun, season appropriate wreath!

Exterior Lighting
Here is your opportunity to get all of the dead flies, spiders, box elders, ladybugs and whatever other scorched creepy crawly, out of your porch lights! Clean up the lights with some Windex, INCLUDING THE LIGHT BULBS, even if they are still brightly shining. If you think your fixtures are a little outdated, I can attest that some updated basic fixtures are quite affordable and fairly easy to install; just be sure toTURN OFF THE POWER SWITCH DURING INSTALLATION (I speak from experience on this tip).

Powerwash Siding/Exterior & Porch
Again, here is your opportunity to get rid of the cobwebs, dead bugs and dirt that has been accumulating since…well, whenever you last sprayed off your porch and walkway. I have a feeling that many of you may not partake in this OCD action on a regular basis…my husband does…often.

Wash Windows
This is a given. Change of Season = Exterior Window Washing. Sparkly windows always make an impression.

Clean Gutters
Please do not do this activity solo. Seriously. One person on the ground, one person on the ladder;safety first! We’ve already began with the rainy fall weather, and clogged gutters don’t exactly scream, “I thoroughly maintain my home”. Plus, clogged gutters cause nothing but problems with water damage whether it’s on the roof of your home, or in the basement; improper drainage never has a positive outcome.

Maintain Landscaping & Lawn
We are in the home stretch of yard work for the year! Finish it out with a bang. A freshly cut lawn always looks good. Always. Oh, and my favorite (NOT!)…Weeding. Keep up on the weeding.

The point of all of these tips are strictly the fact that you are attempting to set the scene for potential buyers. Set the stage: Camera, Lights, Action! Knock out the Fall Curb Appeal To-Do List. Just a little bit of elbow grease really does go a VERY long way.

The point is to differentiate your home from the other comparable homes on the market. Those Potted Mums just may very well be what seals the deal 😉