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September 21st, 2022 at 11:00 am

A home’s exterior is key to creating a great first impression when you approach a home, whether that be in person or online. In order to achieve excellent curb appeal, and secure a great first impression, there are a few tips we have learned. Whether you want to spruce up your home for a new season, to impress guests who may be visiting for the holidays, or you’re ready to list your home for sale, there are plenty of ways to refresh your home’s exterior and give it a welcoming feeling.

Fall is a great time to refresh your curb appeal as the holidays are right around the corner. It is also a great time to spruce up your outdoor spaces if you are ready to sell. In any market, as long as your home is in good condition and priced accordingly, there will be buyers who are interested.

Ready to get started? Follow these fall curb appeal tips to impress your guests. If you’re ready to sell, our PINNACLE Home Services program can help you make improvements before you list, too!

Tidy up

The most important tip on this list? Keep the exterior of your home tidy! We recommend pressure washing it at least twice per year, including your sidewalk and driveway. Wash all windows and screens, make any necessary shutter repairs and touch up paint, and clear out your gutters. This will keep your home looking good and also make it more safe for residents and visitors alike.

Clear it out

Roll up your sleeves and get to work. It’s time to clean and store patio furniture, toys, umbrellas, and anything else that you do not want to use for the fall and winter months. Even though our weather is mild year-round, there will be some days and weeks that rain and wind could damage your outdoor items or shift them dangerously. If you still use your outdoor furniture throughout the year, find a way to safely cover, protect, and secure anything that shouldn’t get wet or could cause damage.

Refresh your landscaping

Clear your landscaping of any dead plants and leaves and consider adding fresh mulch, new seasonal plants for a splash of color, and patching up any brown grass spots. 

Add minimal décor

Make your home a little more inviting with subtle fall décor, such as wreaths or pots of flowers/plants. To really get in the fall spirit, a bench with seasonal pillows and blankets, even a pumpkin or two, will create a welcoming exterior without feeling cluttered.

If you’re preparing to list your home for sale, we suggest saving your Halloween decorations for next year so as not distract from the home’s own charm. If you’re not selling though, bring on the jack-o-lanterns!

Create a chic, festive front door

If your fall curb appeal budget is limited, refreshing your front door is an easy but effective way to make your home’s exterior shine. Consider giving your front door a fresh coat of paint, potentially using a fall color. You can then update your house numbers or add visual interest by framing your door with a simple wreath of fall foliage. 

Add outdoor lighting

As the days get shorter, creating an environment with cozy glowing lights will help brighten your exterior, especially if you intend to entertain visitors. It is also important to provide a safe path to your front door, for yourself, your guests and potential homebuyers. We suggest using decorative lights to illuminate walkways, and install flood lights or lanterns to brighten your entrance. 

Get your home ready with PINNACLE

While many of these tips can be tackled on your own, our PINNACLE Home Services program offers sellers a chance to make cosmetic improvements or major upgrades at no cost until the property sells. Get in touch with a Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties agent today to learn more!

Sources: HGTV, Real Simple

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