With the Hot summer at a close, and our activities once again returning to a more scheduled routine, the cooler weather of Autumn invites us to cozy up indoors. Often times, now that we are spending less time in the great outdoors, and more time in the confined spaces indoors, we tend to focus more intently on the deficiencies of our current homes. So, while we may have been able to avoid the annoyance of a cramped home office or small home gym during the warmer weather, by escaping into the sunshine, we are now unavoidably confronted by these factors daily. We’ve discovered, that it’s most often the discontent with our current living arrangements that sets in motion our desire for a change, which often involves making a move.
If you’ve decided it’s time to change your living arrangements, here are three key maintenance items that will ensure your home is ready for fall showings, and the colder winter weather to come.
1. Clean out the eavestroughs. Ensuring water is able to flow unhindered into the downspout will keep it from spilling over blockages to form potential icy patches on surfaces below. This simple task protects the life span of the concrete and prevents a risk to potential buyers of a nasty fall.
2. Disconnect hoses. Disconnecting all outdoor water sources from the main valve at the house will avoid frozen water lines and burst pipes when temperatures dip below freezing.
3. Keep the yard free of debris. While we love the color of the fall leaves, a cluttered yard creates the appearance of an unkempt property. So, it’s important to rake up leaves and remove any other tripping hazards from around the property, as potential buyers will walk inside and outside of the home during their viewing.
Making sure that your homes and yard are prepared for showings is an important factor when listing your property. The old saying, “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression”, should always be top of mind when it comes to hosting potential buyers, as the exterior of the home is the first thing they see during their scheduled visit to your home.
If you’ve discovered there’s a move in your future, we’d be happy to chat, and assist you in making sure your home is “buyer ready” for the fall market!