When starting a home search, many buyers often judge a home by looking at the photos online. Or their realtor may suggest doing a drive-by before setting up an appointment to check out the area and location. That's why curb appeal is so important. It is the first impression made upon potential buyers. 

Here are 5 things we recommend you do in the Fall to increase curb appeal. 

  1. Fall Cleanup - Over the summer, the weeds, sure enough, took their toll on your garden beds, and summer plants have flowered and died and dropped their share of vegetation on the mulch. Cleaning the garden beds, weeding all those pesky unwanted plants, and then putting a fresh layer of mulch will make your garden beds stand out and pop.

  1. Power Wash - Every house has that dark side that doesn’t see enough sun, and the siding and trim commonly grows mold and mildew. Mold grows best in the shade and builds on top of the dust, dirt, and debris that come with the summer months. By power washing, your home will be more attractive to buyers. Power washing your sidewalks, stairs, railings, and decks will improve your home's curb appeal. Buyers are turned off by dirt, mold, and mildew and getting your property power-washed will leave a great first impression.

  1. Overseeding -  Fall is the best time of year to put down fresh grass seed and fill in those pesky spots that died off during the summer and where crabgrass took over during those hot days. Fall is the perfect time for grass to thicken and improve its health. When a client pulls up to your home with a full thick luscious green yard, it will immediately stand out and show the pride you have in your home, which could carry over to the rest of the showing. 

  1. Seasonal Decor - There are simple things you can do to add a pop of color and seasonal decor to your home. Planting mums and asters in your pots and flower beds will add a fresh floral look to the front of your home, while simple seasonal decor such as pumpkins, wreaths, and corn stalks will give a cozy feel. I recommend you leave the seasonal decor out of your photos because it will date the house heading into the winter months; however, the mums and asters will add some beautiful color to your professional photos.

  1. Leaves - Keep up with those leaves to the best of your ability. When the leaves change, they look amazing on the trees, but as they fall and brown up, they look less attractive. A quick mow, rake, or leaf blow before a showing or open house will have your home standing out from the neighbors. Clean out the leaves that may have blown against the house, deck, and patios. They tend to hold the water and moisture throughout the day, so keeping the leaves away from your home will maintain a drier and cleaner look for your showings.

The first impression buyers get when they first pull up to your property can set the tone for the entire showing or may prevent a buyer from seeing your home. Reach out to us or your local real estate agent. They can recommend a local landscaping and power washing company to help you achieve your real estate goals. Doing these 5 simple things will help your house stand out throughout the fall season and get the first impression your home deserves.

Andrew O’Reilly

Seaport Real Estate Services



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