Fall Maintenance Checklist for Home Sellers

As the leaves begin to change and the crisp autumn air settles in, home sellers have a unique opportunity to prepare their properties for the market. Fall is an ideal time to address essential maintenance tasks that will not only enhance the curb appeal of your home but also ensure a smooth and successful selling process. In this blog post, we’ve compiled a comprehensive fall maintenance checklist for home sellers to help you showcase your property at its best.

Clean the Gutters and Downspouts

Fall is known for shedding leaves, and clogged gutters can lead to water damage. Clear out leaves, debris, and dirt from your gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage.

Inspect and Clean the Fireplace and Chimney

If your home has a fireplace, it’s essential to have the fireplace clean and in working condition and the chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional before listing your property. A cozy fireplace and a clean and safe chimney can be valuable selling points.

Check the Roof

Examine the roof for damaged or missing shingles. Address any issues promptly to prevent leaks and water damage during the rainy season.

Trim Trees and Bushes

Trim trees and bushes to prevent overhanging branches from damaging the roof or siding. Also, remove dead or diseased trees and shrubs to improve the overall appearance of your property.

Seal Gaps and Cracks

Inspect the exterior of your home for gaps, cracks, or holes that can allow cold air and moisture to enter. Seal these openings to enhance energy efficiency and prevent drafts.

Clean and Store Outdoor Furniture

If you have outdoor furniture, clean and store it properly to prevent damage during the fall and winter months. A tidy outdoor space can help buyers envision their own use of the area.

Service the HVAC System

Have your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system serviced by a professional. A well-maintained HVAC system can improve indoor comfort and efficiency, which is important for prospective buyers.

Inspect Windows and Doors

Check windows and doors for drafts or damaged weather stripping. Replace or repair as needed to improve energy efficiency.

Clean and Store Summer Equipment

Store summer equipment such as lawnmowers, trimmers, and hoses properly. This will create a neat and organized appearance in the yard and garage.

Check Outdoor Lighting

Ensure that outdoor lighting, including porch lights and path lights, is functional. Adequate outdoor lighting can enhance the curb appeal of your home, especially during the shorter daylight hours of fall.

Power Wash the Exterior

Consider power washing the exterior of your home to remove dirt, grime, and mildew. A clean exterior can make your home look well-maintained and attractive to buyers.

Maintain the Lawn

Continue mowing the lawn and raking leaves regularly to keep the property looking tidy. A well-kept yard can create a positive first impression.

Organize and Clean the Garage

If you have a garage, organize and clean it to maximize space and show its potential for storage.

Create Seasonal Curb Appeal

Add some autumn charm to your home’s exterior with seasonal decorations such as potted mums, pumpkins, and a colorful fall wreath on the front door. A little seasonal flair can make your home feel warm and inviting.

Bottom Line

By following this fall maintenance checklist, you’ll not only improve the condition and appearance of your home but also demonstrate to potential buyers that your property is well-cared-for and ready to welcome its new owners. Prepare your home for a successful sale this autumn!

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Robin McCoy is a Texas Realtor with Keller Williams Realty. License #0582766
RobinMcCoyRealty.com | 214.226.3770 | RobinMcCoy@kw.com

The information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. Robin McCoy Realty Group and Living in DFW does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained herein. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. You should always conduct your own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. Robin McCoy Realty Group and Living in DFW will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on the information or opinions contained herein.

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I guess you can take the girl out of Texas but you can't take Texas out of the girl. I was born here in Dallas and moved away at age 8. After 30 years of moving around the United States, as a child with the family and as an adult without them, I finally found myself back in Dallas. Since I returned in 2001 I have sold furniture for Crate&Barrel and Real Estate with Keller Williams. It is my hope to share with you what I love, question, and find interesting here in DFW.

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