As the leaves change color and the days grow shorter, you may be thinking about ways to boost your home’s curb appeal. After all, first impressions matter—especially if you’re trying to sell your house. Fortunately, many easy and affordable ways to improve curb appeal in the fall. Here are a few tips to get you started:
Plant Fall Flowers to Improve Curb Appeal
Flowers are a great way to add color and life to your yard—and they don’t have to be expensive. Pick up a few mums or pumpkins at your local grocery store and place them around your front porch or entryway. These orange and yellow blooms provide instant curb appeal!
Rake the Leaves
While fallen leaves may be pretty, they can also make your yard look messy and unkempt. So be sure to rake them regularly. Raking the leaves will not only improve the appearance of your yard but will also prevent lawn damage caused by layers of wet leaves.
Add Outdoor Lighting
Outdoor lighting is essential for both safety and curb appeal. Add extra lighting to the front porch or walkway when the days are shorter in the fall. You might add solar-powered lights to line the front steps or string lights along the porch. Better lighting makes it easier for visitors to find your house, and a well-lit space also feels more welcoming and inviting.
Clean the Gutters to Improve Curb Appeal
Clogged gutters cause water damage to your home’s roof, siding, and foundation. Clean them out regularly, especially when leaves fall from the trees. Potential buyers won’t be impressed if the gutters are clogged with leaves, twigs, and other debris. Overflowing gutters indicate poor home maintenance.
Put Away Summer Toys
If you have summer toys, like a kiddie pool or badminton net, taking up space on the lawn, put them away to boost curb appeal. Not only will this free up space in your yard, but it will also make the property look clean, tidy, and attractive to potential buyers.
Improve Curb Appeal with Seasonal Decor
A seasonal wreath and a pumpkin on the front porch make the house look welcoming. Boost curb appeal by adding seasonal decor to the entryway. Limit decorations because too many will appear messy and cluttered.
Trim Overgrown Bushes and Shrubs
Overgrown bushes and shrubs can make a house look small and uninviting, which is not what you want when trying to sell it. Trim bushes and shrubs away from the siding to keep the garden beds neat.
Power Wash the Walkways
Power washing removes dirt, grime, and mildew from your sidewalks and driveways, making them look new. You’ll boost curb appeal and help the property appear neat and well-maintained.
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