As the vibrant colours of autumn take over, it’s not only the leaves that should be falling into place – your home maintenance should too. Fall is the time to prepare your property for winter—especially if you’re listing.
The changing season brings unique challenges and opportunities for home sellers. To help you make the most of this selling season, we’ve put together a comprehensive fall maintenance checklist. By addressing these key tasks, you’ll not only safeguard your home against seasonal wear and tear but also enhance its appeal to potential buyers.
1. Inspect and Clean Gutters:
Fall often means increased rainfall and occasional snow. Make sure your gutters and downspouts are free from debris, such as leaves and twigs, to prevent clogs. Clean gutters will help water flow freely, reducing the risk of water damage to your home’s foundation and roof.
2. Check the Furnace:
As the temperatures drop, a reliable heating system becomes essential. Schedule a professional inspection and maintenance service for your furnace to ensure it’s in top working condition. A well-maintained furnace not only keeps your home comfortable but also gives potential buyers confidence in the property’s valuation.
3. Seal Gaps and Cracks:
Inspect the exterior of your home for gaps and cracks around windows, doors, and other openings. Apply weatherstripping or caulk to seal any gaps you find. This will help keep cold drafts out and maintain energy efficiency, which is crucial in our chilly fall and winter months.
4. Yard Cleanup:
Rake up fallen leaves, trim overgrown bushes, and store outdoor furniture in a clean and organized manner. A well-kept yard enhances your home’s curb appeal, making it more attractive to potential buyers. Additionally, cleaning up the yard helps to prevent potential hazards like slippery walkways due to wet leaves.
Completing these essential fall maintenance tasks will not only help protect your home from seasonal challenges but also make it more appealing to buyers during the autumn selling season. A well-maintained home gives a positive impression and can lead to a quicker sale.
If you’re listing, Goodchild Realty Services can get it done faster. Call us at 780-819-0978 today.
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