Fall Home Maintenance List
Fall is a great time to complete some indoor and outdoor home maintenance tasks before the days get shorter and the weather gets colder. Especially in areas that may become covered in snow and ice in the coming months, it’s best to complete these beforehand.
Make sure to complete these home maintenance tasks to prepare your home for the Fall season.
Inside Home Maintenance Tasks
- Replace filter in your furnace
- Consider having the heating system professionally inspected
- Check safety devices (smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors)
- Clean dryer vents
- Run ceiling fans in reverse
Outside Home Maintenance Tasks
- Store your lawnmower
- Store hoses and turn off outdoor water
- Drain and turn off the sprinkler system
- Seal any cracks around windows and doors
- Clean gutters
- Inspect roof
- Look up your chimney for blockages
- Trim any tree limbs that are close to powerlines or the roof of your home
- Invest in a snow shovel
How to Prepare Your Home for Selling During the Holiday Season
Open curtains and blinds for daytime showings and provide as much light as possible in your home. The majority of people will be touring your home after work and with the sun setting earlier and earlier, touring in the dark may make your home appear smaller. When changing your lightbulbs, choose the most flattering hues for your space. If upgrading all bulbs, consider LEDs and let buyers know you will be leaving the bulbs for them. Add floor lamps to dark corners and remove rugs from hardwood floors to let the light reflect in the room.
If weather permits, leave outdoor furniture in place and remove snow from the deck or patio to give potential buyers an opportunity to envision the possibilities of the outdoor space. Leave a note with your gas or electric fireplace encouraging buyers to turn it on.
Additional indoor tasks to complete before listing your home.
- Clean showerheads
- Dust ceiling fans
- Wash the inside of your dishwasher and washing machine
- Consider painting rooms for a brighter look
- Maintain cleanliness between showings
Tips for Holiday Decorating
Keep your holiday decorating to a minimum. Potential buyers will expect to see some decorations in your home, but keeping them minimal will help buyers envision their own decor in the home. Choose neutral colors and simple elements such as white string lights and a simply decorated Christmas tree. If you have vaulted ceilings, a tall Christmas tree can show buyers the height potential. Reduce personalized decorations, photos, etc. to help buyers see themselves in your home and to protect your privacy. Keep scents to a minimum. Overpowering scents can turn away potential buyers and make it appear you are hiding something. Neutral scents like pine can create a minimal but calm atmosphere.
Be Flexible with your Time
When trying to sell your home, it is understood that potential buyers will need to tour your home, often multiple times, before making a decision. The best way to get a great offer on your home is to be flexible with your time. Make sure that your home is always “showing ready” and you could be out in a short period of time for any last-minute changes. Many buyers will need to see your home after working hours, make sure that you have a plan for your family, children, and pets during these times to allow for maximum traffic through your home.
Open houses are a great way to introduce your home to many potential buyers at once. Talk to your Real Estate Agent about hosting an open house the weekend after you put your house on the market. This will enable many people to see your home without you having to be out every night of the week. Plan a fun day trip for your family to be out of the house all day!