Halloween is just around the corner and, while it’s fun to decorate, make sure your house itself isn’t causing a fright. Check out these 5 steps to keep your home from looking like a haunted house. Even if you’re not ready to sell your home just yet, fall is the perfect time for some simple maintenance.
- 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 lawn maintenance during this season. Keep falling leaves at bay with frequent raking, keep the lawn trimmed, get rid of any dead plants, and patch any bare or brown spots in the grass. Once your lawn is looking its best, spice it up with a splash of color—replace your fading summer plants with vibrant mums or other colorful seasonal flowers. Make sure your landscaping is cohesive with your geographical area and the rest of the neighborhood, too. For example, planting palm trees where everyone else has pine trees or using lava rocks in flowerbeds where everyone else uses mulch can distract potential buyers from seeing the home itself.
- 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 year you 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 Up the Exterior
When fall rolls around and the trees shed their leaves, your home becomes more exposed, making its exterior appearance extra important. Fall is a great time to pressure wash the exterior of your home and clean the windows. While you are at it, make sure all windows and screens are in good, working condition. If the paint is chipped or faded, applying a fresh coat will do wonders to revive your home’s appearance. Replacing rotted wood shutters or tattered awnings can also drastically improve your home’s curb appeal.
- Clear Out Your Gutters
Stay on top of yearly and monthly maintenance. During the fall, be sure to clear your gutters and downspouts of leaves and other debris. Not only will it help signal to a potential buyer that your home is appear well-maintained, it will also protect your home from water damage.
- Get Rid of the Clutter
What you see as unique may come across as an eyesore to a potential buyer. With winter approaching, you probably won’t be spending that much time outdoors anyway, so go ahead and pack up the lawn ornaments and put away any kids’ toys scattered around. Don’t forget to clean out your garage and any exterior storage buildings, too. A cluttered garage tells potential buyers your home doesn’t have enough storage. If possible, avoid having vehicles in the driveway. It’s not only distracting in photos, it also suggests the overflow of clutter in the garage prevents cars from actually parking in the garage.