After a spring and summer full of mowing, weeding, mulching and gardening, it’s tempting to focus your energy indoors when autumn comes. However, if you’re selling your home, curb appeal is still important, even in fall. Here are seven simple ways to keep your curb appeal game strong all season long.
Keep Up on Lawn Maintenance
In Ohio, grass usually stays green till the snow starts to pile up, so your lawn can still look really good all the way till Christmas! Make sure you’re raking up those leaves regularly, and remember to mow as long as the grass continues to grow (usually till mid-December around here).
Clean Up the Exterior
Now is a great time to power wash the outside of your home. You won’t believe the difference it can make in the curb appeal of the house! Also, sweep off your porch, deck, and sidewalks and hose those down as well. If you’ve got outdoor furniture, consider picking up some fresh cushions for them. A well staged front porch will make buyers feel right at home.
Add Some Fall Color
Spring and summer shouldn’t have all the landscaping fun! There’s a rainbow of mums available at every nursery this time of year. Pull out any dead annuals you’ve still got in your beds and replace them with a few colorful mums. Also, fall is the best time to plant trees and shrubs, so consider adding some to your landscaping.
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Give Your Front Door a Refresh
Make your front door a feature with a nice welcome mat and a fall wreath. Besides looking nice, a mat will encourage all the buyers who tour your home to wipe their feet before they enter! Also, consider painting your door before temperatures dip below freezing. It’s a simple project that only requires a quart of paint and about an hour, but the impact is huge!
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Shine a Light on Your Property
Installing a new porch light is also a quick project that can give your curb appeal a boost! Choose something that fits with the style of your home. Besides a porch light, you may also want to consider some landscape lighting. With the evenings getting darker by the day, many of your showings will be in the evening, so washing the front of your home with light and providing a well-lit walkway can make your home stand out.
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Keep Decorations Classy
Listen, I love a seven foot inflatable turkey as much as the next gal, but maybe save it till your in contract. A simple garland of fall leaves or a potted mum on the porch is enough to make your home feel cozy and autumnal, without getting cartoony.