For many, fall is the most wonderful time of the year. This particular change of season can bring cooler weather, cozy scents, and excitement as the leaves change colors and the holidays are right around the corner. Not to mention pumpkin-flavored EVERYTHING and FOOTBALL! If you are selling your home this fall, or just want to add some seasonal charm to the outside of your house for neighbors and yourself to enjoy, these tips will do the trick!
Fall Curb Appeal Tips:
Browns and Oranges and Yellows, Oh My!
As you arrange for your fall home face-lift, trimming plants down in preparation for the cooler weather will give you a head start on keeping the look of your home focused on warm-colored décor. Unlike spring time and summer, in fall plants tend to lose their vibrant greens and bright-colored flowers. During the fall season, it is important to prune back dried plants and bushes so that they will be ready to bloom next year. Embracing the new and warmer seasonal color scheme with these beautiful fall plants. Mums are always a favorite, but there are many others that also look great in autumn.
Tools of Trade
The hot summer days and warm rain may have left some debris around your house to clear up. A good place to start is purchasing a straw broom. This broom will double as fall décor and a tool to grab when leaves and dirt start to collect on the porch. Having the broom on the porch will be an easy way to keep the entrance clear of fall debris. Be sure to also keep a rake on hand in your garage or storage shed. It's important to rake up fallen leaves to keep your yard looking tidy, and also to keep grass healthy. Speaking of grass, fall is a great time to apply fertilizer, rid of weeds, and re-seed bare spots in your yard to ensure a beautiful lawn in the spring.
Now is the time to get discounted fall décor. Craft stores put out seasonal items a couple of months before prime time. With this knowledge, you may be able to find great deals on fall décor. (Also consider shopping for these items each year after the season—sales are even better when the stores are trying to clear their shelves.) Just remember the age-old rule: less is more. Be selective in your fall décor and choose a few items you love that will make a big impact rather than lots of items that will clutter up your yard and entranceway.
Pro tip: If you are improving your curb appeal to sell your home, skip the Halloween decorations and stick with autumn décor only.
If you are wanting to craft your way into fall, your own backyard is a good place to start. Pinecones can be collected and arranged into a wreath. Another easy way to add fall curb appeal to your home is to purchase pumpkins. These seasonal favorites can be used in a multitude of ways. Most people only buy pumpkins to carve them into jack O’ Lanterns on Halloween; however, they look great un-carved sitting on the porch. Or you can get creative by painting them and staging them on your porch. We love this idea to place your house numbers onto pumpkins. So charming!
When you are searching for a hay bale or pumpkins to add to your fall-inspired look, try your local farmer’s markets and orchards. Seasonal harvest is a go-to curb appeal trick and is usually available for fair prices within your community. Not only will you get ripe, colorful décor, you and your family can make a day out at the pumpkin patch or orchard.
Any size or shape of home can be turned into an Autumnal paradise. Fall is one of the most cost-efficient seasons to decorate for as the harvest usually speaks for itself. As the weather cools down and the colors change, we wish you a Happy Harvest. What are some of your go-to fall curb appeal tricks?
Here are additional resources we think you'll find helpful!
How to Sell a Home During the Fall via Rochester Real Estate Blog
Tips to Sell Your Home in the Fall via Bill Gassett
6 Reasons to Sell Your Home This Fall via HouseHunt
Top 5 Exterior Fall DIY Home Improvements via Greg Hancock
Tips to Optimize Selling Your Home in the Fall via Angela Duong