Curb Appeal Tips for the Fall Season
No matter the season, an experienced South Florida real estate professional can assist property owners in all aspects of selling their home. For the sale of a home to be accomplished more quickly , improving its curb appeal is essential. Unlike regions further north, South Florida does not experience significant seasonal changes during the fall. Still, autumn presents its own unique seasonal changes that sellers have to consider, especially when improving the exterior of their properties.
Here are some tips for home sellers to increase a property’s curb appeal during fall.
Declutter the Lawn
Similar to improving a home’s interior to make it more attractive to potential home buyers, making sure the front and back lawn areas are free of clutter is an important step. Place gardening tools and personal items such as hoses, watering cans, empty pots, lawn furniture and children’s toys in storage. If garden accessories such as statues and bird baths are gaudy or quirky, consider removing them. Home sellers must take into account that buyer’s tastes might be different from their own. Keeping exterior decor as neutral as possible will appeal to a wider range of tastes and will attract more buyers.
Improve Landscaping with Flowers
Adding color to a mostly green outdoor area greatly enhances the selling potential of a property. Bright and varied colors catch the eye and make outdoor areas look more lively. Flowers are a great option since they are easy to plant and bring instant color. In northern regions, flowers are one of the reasons why more homes get sold in the spring. In South Florida, flowers are available year round, so make sure to take advantage of this.
Take Care of Fallen Leaves
Even though trees do not shed their foliage as intensely in South Florida as they do in the north, removing fallen leaves is still a vital part of a home’s outdoor upkeep. Brown leaves scattered over a lawn or a roof greatly decrease curb appeal and can lead potential buyers to believe a home seller does not take maintenance seriously. Make sure to rake up any dead leaves and prune overhanging trees. Fallen leaves are especially problematic if they are clogging up gutters and downspouts, make sure to clear up these areas as well.
Renovate in the Fall Weather
South Florida’s spring and summer months are usually too hot for long outdoor renovations to be completed quickly. Fall’s more moderate weather makes it the ideal time for home sellers to do outdoor repairs and renovations. South Florida’s summer storms result in dirt build-up and streaking on windows and exterior walls. Wash all windows and pressure clean all other front-facing surfaces. Consider applying a fresh coat of paint onto your house’s exterior, especially if the paint is chipping. A new coat of paint in a neutral color will make a house look like new and appeal to a wider range of tastes.
Don’t Scare Buyers Away with Seasonal Decor
Home sellers do not have to shun seasonal decor. Instead, decorations should be tasteful. Instead, neutral seasonal decor should be used sparingly as to not deter buyers. Decorations such as hay bales and pumpkins are ideal choices. Another good idea is to use a wreath of fall foliage to establish the front door as a focal point.
If you’re trying to sell your home this fall, improving its curb appeal is an effective strategy. The exterior of a house is usually the first impression potential buyers get when they check a listing. Even in South Florida, you should consider the unique characteristics of the fall season when trying to boost your home’s curb appeal and selling potential.
If you want to sell your home quickly and for more money, hiring an experienced South Florida real estate professional is essential. Call the real estate experts at Stein Posner today to get started. Our team is ready to help you with all of your home selling needs.