Fall Cleanup Chores to help you Maintain Curb Appeal

Posted by Dan Wolf on Monday, October 14th, 2013 at 8:12am.

Curb appeal is something that’s extremely important when it comes to selling your house. It also has to be continuously maintained if the exterior of your home is to keep attracting new people to it. Here are some fall clean-up chores that will help you maintain the curb appeal you’ve already worked so hard to achieve


Fall is usually a time when many people here in Anchorage need to clean their gutters. Clogged gutters are unsightly, and could also raise concerns about a roof’s stability with potential buyers. Remove debris from your gutters, and consider installing gutter guards to keep leaves out if you live in an especially wooded area.

Give your grass one final cut, and trim and edge around fences and sidewalks. If you have fallen leaves in your yard, you can simply cut and mulch them with the mower in order to eliminate them. This could require you to do a bit of raking around the perimeter of your house and underneath trees in order to make them easily accessible.

Go ahead and remove all the weeds from your flowerbed as well. When you’re finished, add a fresh layer of mulch, and then fix or replacing flowerbed edging if needed.

Give your outside windows a thorough cleaning using a squeegee and solution of vinegar and water. For especially soiled windows, you may need to add a bit of dish detergent and then scrub vigorously with a soft cloth before rinsing.

While you are washing your windows, take a few minutes to caulk around them inside and out. Chances are that would-be buyers will be interested in checking the weatherproofing of your home, and seeing that this task is already done will provide them with peace of mind.

Consider having a professional power wash your sidewalks and deck once all the leaves have completely fallen. These leaves can sometimes leave behind a sticky residue that is unsightly, and could potentially turn off visitors who are looking for property to purchase.

Drain excess water from your garden hoses and then store them away. When you’re finished, install insulated covers on all your outdoor spigots in order to prevent them from freezing up and causing damage. If you have a sprinkler system in your yard, you’ll want to have it drained as well.

These easy tips will help you maintain curb appeal, no matter what the season is. For more information about buying or selling a home in the Anchorage area, contact us today.

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