Fall Home Maintenance Tips Before you Sell your Home

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    Ensure your Home's Exterior Paint is in Good Condition

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    Ensure your exterior home maintenance is performed. Getty images


    Fall home maintenance is essential if you want to grab potential buyers' attention. It’s no brainer that home buyers are usually interested in a house in which they can move into immediately, without any need for repairs. If they come across a property in need of a lot of maintenance, they may look elsewhere. On the contrary, a house that has been recently repaired and shows signs of consistent maintenance will be much more appealing, and could also lead to a better sale price. The following are few home maintenance tips to consider if you are planning to list your house this season. This handy home maintenance checklist from The Balance will help you for each season.

    Check the Status of your Home's Exterior Paint

    Inspect the exterior of your house to see if the paint is peeling or is in need of a new coat of paint. It is a sign that the current paint film is failing and cannot protect the siding of the building any longer. Usually, you will find the peeling paint around the windows, gutters, and doorways. If left untreated, it can deteriorate the siding, and lead to expensive repairs in the future. Moreover, it can be an unsightly mess, causing you embarrassment in front of buyers. So, make sure to repaint and restore these areas to make it attractive again.

    Fall’s cooler temperature and less humidity are an ideal time to re-paint your house. And a fresh coat of paint is always the easiest and the most cost-effective way to spruce up your property.


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    Tend to Trees and Shrubs Throughout your Outdoor Home

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    Consider hiring a professional to care for trees & shrubs. Getty Images


    Fall Home Maintenance: Inspect Gutters and Downspouts

    After the leaves have fallen, clean out the downspouts and gutters, flush them with water, carefully examine the joints, and make sure everything is firmly attached. Dirty, clogged gutters can cause a lot of problems including flooded basements and damage to the roof or siding. It’s also a good idea to invest in gutter guards if you haven’t already to prevent additional debris from building up.

    Consider Hiring a Landscape Pro to Care for Trees and Shrubs

    Fall is the time to take a look at your trees and trim hanging or scraping branches if any. Not only will it leave you with less mess, it will also improve the appearance of your shrubbery. For best results, hire a professional to take care of them. They can better spot signs of poor health, which apart from preventing a tree loss will also prevent damage to the roof and house. Also, as the growth of the trees is slower in fall, make sure not to plant a new tree during this season.


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    Ensure Windows and Doors are Sealed from Drafts

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    Ensure doors and windows are caulked and sealed. Getty Images

    Have your HVAC Serviced and Create a Maintenance Checklist  

    Clean and replace the air filters in your furnace or heating system, and have your fireplace ready by ensuring the flue is operating correctly. If possible, hire a professional to make sure that the furnace and vent system is running smoothly and correctly. It’s also a good idea to consult a professional chimney sweep to make sure that it is all set for use. Don’t forget to install a cap on all the roof vents.

    Check Windows and Doors for Drafts

    The change in temperature and the regular wear and tear can cause the window and door seals to shrink and crack. To reduce the loss of heat, thoroughly inspect these areas inside and out for leaks and drafts. If required, caulk or weather-strip where needed. Both will help to reduce the flow of cold air in and warm air out, ultimately resulting in lower energy costs and happy homebuyers. Consider caulking window cracks around the interior and exterior of windows around your home.

    If you plan to list your house on the market this fall, now is the time to ensure all the major systems are working correctly around your property. Remember there are always a few things in and around your home that you can live with, but the potential buyers can’t and won’t! And it could make your property difficult to sell. Try using these fall home maintenance tips and make sure that your house is in shape before it’s up for sale.