Shorter days and cooler temps (hopefully) are some of the first signs of fall. While fall can be a beautiful time of year with crisp colors, less humid days and recovering green grass now that the hottest temperatures have passed, many times your yard has suffered under harsh heat and dry weather during the summer months leaving your yard looking less than inviting. With summer departing, what can you do to make your home and yard look its best?

  • If it’s dead or drab, ditch it. Flowers, shrubs, old pine needles or mulch. If it looks faded or brown, opt for fresh to make your home stand out from the neighbors.
  • Take a look at your grass and see how it faired in the summer heat. Fall is a good time to perform some much-needed maintenance such as aerating but if your lawn has been truly neglected, more drastic measures may be needed.
  • With the cooler temperatures you are seeing, it is a great time to take care of some much-needed outdoor chores without having to work in the strongest heat. Exterior repairs, pressure washing, and painting will all spruce up your home and leave it looking fresh and ready for a new buyer.
  • Other areas to check and see if they need attention are driveways, porches and fences. Make repairs and clean the areas as needed so they look bright.
  • Bright colors can always garner some attention. Mums come in many colors and make a nice statement by your door. Adding pumpkins to the display as fall progresses will add more color with a nice seasonal element.
  • If you aren’t sure what you should do, go for a walk or drive around your neighborhood and take pictures of the houses you like best.
  • Remember, a few small touches are better than overdoing it. Fresh and simple will always be successful.
  • Make sure to take the time to clean up your yard after storms or windy days. A good storm can blow lots of debris around leave things looking a mess. A quick walk through will allow you to rectify issues right away and make note of any more serious damage that you need to take care of.

Your yard should continue to look healthy for most of the rest of the year before it really goes dormant for the coldest winter months so capitalize on this time of year with relatively nice temperatures and fewer homes on the market than the Spring rush to get your home the attention it needs so you can sell it quickly. For additional ideas or specific suggestions on preparing your home for the fall selling season, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find a new home or determine the value of your existing property.



Teresa Dennison

Certified Negotiation Expert(CNE®)
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc.
Annapolis Fine Homes Office
2 Francis Street | Annapolis, MD 21401
Cell: 443.223.1364
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