Fall is an excellent time to list your home. With the cooler weather and everyone returning from summer holidays, the number of prospective home buyers is quite large. Before putting your home up for sale, however, there are some fall chores that you will want to attend to. As the premier agent for all your Brea real estate needs, I would like to offer you a fall maintenance list that will have your home ready for the market in no time flat.
Rake it Up
A well-manicured lawn is a must if you are looking to attract buyers. No one wants to look at a home with an unkempt yard. You may think that all those yellow, orange and brown leaves are quite picturesque on the trees, the same cannot be said for those leaves on your lawn.
Before your next open house or showing, be sure to rake your yard and dispose of the leaves and any other debris.
Clean your Gutters
Unfortunately, leaves do not only accumulate on your lawn. Fall leaves are notorious for clogging and plugging gutters, downspouts and eves. Once you have raked your lawn, get a ladder and a bucket to clean out your gutters and downspouts. The last thing you want is overflowing or flooded eves just before you start showing your home.
Inspect Your Roof
Before you put your ladder away, take the extra time and inspect your roof. Look for any damaged or missing shingles and replace them before showing your home. Some signs to look for when inspecting your roof include:
- Any shingle that doesn’t lie flat against the roof. Clear out debris underneath the shingle or replace it if it is curling or is damaged.
- Shingle granules in the downspouts. This indicates that the shingles on your roof are nearing the end of their lifespan.
Here’s the Deal:
A roof in need of repair can be a deal breaker or a key negotiating piece that will surely affect the final selling price.
Put Away Summer
When you are showing your home in the fall season, do not have a bunch of summer décor or patio furniture showing. Try to match your décor to the season and unfortunately it is no longer summer. Store all summer paraphernalia and get your home ready for a fall sale.
Fall is the perfect time to list your home and by following this fall maintenance checklist, you will be able to turn that for sale sign into a sold one in no time flat. If you are interested in listing your home or would like more information on how to get your home prepped and ready for the Brea real estate market, please contact me today. I would love to be a part of your sales team and look forward to hearing from you soon.