Though the temperatures outside may be cooling down for the fall season, those who are planning to sell their homes are hoping that sales will continue to keep the heat. This doesn’t come without a little bit of effort, however. Just because the weather stays relatively warm year round here in Myrtle Beach doesn’t mean that we aren’t subjected to the chilly air and fallen leaves that are associated with the season. In order for potential buyers to consider your home for purchase, it’s important to do a little bit of fall maintenance around the property.
Here are a few small home improvement ideas that can make quite a big difference:
If you have trees in your yard that are starting to shed their leaves, make sure that you are raking frequently. Not only will this help to make your yard look cleaner and nicer, but it also creates a safer environment. The last thing that you want is for a potential buyer to slip on a wet leaf and hurt himself.
Be mindful of the flowers and shrubbery that were planted during the summer season. Are they still in good condition or are they starting to brown and wilt up? If so, you may want to consider replacing them with plants that you know have a better chance of survival during these cooler months. You never realize how much of a difference a few simple flowers can make.
You’ll also want to pressure wash the whole exterior of your home, including the windows. It’s very easy for fallen leaves, debris, dirt and more to get stuck to the side of the house and over time, it all adds up. Potential buyers should be captivated by the beauty of your home, not by what’s soiling it.
Since this is most certainly something that a potential buyer will be asking for during the home inspection anyway, it’s probably a good idea to take a look at your HVAC system now. The furnace should have a fresh, new filter and the entire system should be given a once over by a professional.
Because it is best to get all of your caulking projects done before temperatures drop down even further, take a walk around the exterior of your home and keep an eye out for anything that seems like it should resealed. This goes for everything from windows and doors, to corners to joints.
For an extended list of fall maintenance projects that may better your chances for a success home sale this fall, read more at Forbes.com. Have your own suggestions to add? Let us know in the comments section below!