As we slowly move away from Summer and into Fall, the leaves will start to turn and expose their natural, colorful selves. We also move ever closer to the dreaded daylight savings. Over the first few days of daylight savings, I convince myself that I love daylight savings. Finishing work in the dark and waking up at 4 AM because it’s light out is way better than getting in a late evening walk with my wife and the dog, playing golf until 8:30 at night, or taking a long evening run. Well, truth be told…that’s a lie. I hate daylight savings and I don’t know why it’s still a thing!
The Fall does bring some things that I really love. The foliage alone – especially living in Northern Vermont – makes driving to work through the mountains a joy as I am surrounded by a cornucopia of colors. The foliage is spectacular in Vermont. As a huge sports fan, I love College Football and the NFL. The Fall is all about football. Monday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday it's all about football, football, and more football. Hayrides and corn mazes and lots of pumpkin ales… we are lucky to experience fall in Vermont. British Invasion in Stowe, Oktoberfest on the waterfront in Burlington, and the first few flakes of snow… I do love fall living in Vermont, I just don’t like “daylight savings.”
Daylight savings has always been a reminder of a few annual household chores. First, remember to change the batteries in your smoke and CO detectors. It’s a small thing, but it saves lives. Also on the list should be:
- clean and inspect the furnace
- clean and inspect the water heater
- clean the dryer vent
- change any and all filters in the house that need annual changing
You might ask, what else could there be? Here are my recommendations:
- clean and inspect the chimney
- clean the gutters
- change your summer to winter tires
- check the snowblower to make sure it’s ready for a busy winter
- put away the summer lawn care items, mower and weed whackers (run them to empty and spray them clean)
- drain outdoor hoses and turn off non frost freeze faucets
- clean and put away your outdoor furniture
- reverse the directions of your ceiling fans
- and lastly, don’t forget to feed the lawn with the fall lawn fertilizer!
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If you start the selling process by learning what buyers really want, you can prepare your home to come as close to their dreams as possible.
You only get one chance to make a first impression. Your buyer should be so impressed, so charmed, so delighted that they want to leap out of the car and run inside.
Start with sweeping the drive, walkway and porch or entry of dirt and debris. Get rid of leggy bushes, wilted flowers and broken tree limbs. Plant fresh flowers in the front garden or in containers at the entry.
Power-wash the exterior and hand-wash the windows. Touch up paint around the windows. Paint the front door a fresh, modern color. Replace the door hardware and porch sconces.
The number one reason why people buy homes is to have more room.
If you have a large home, you're golden, but that doesn't mean you've got it made. You can ruin a buyer's first impression with too much clutter, so make sure to keep your home picked up so your buyer can see your home's features clearly and easily.
What if you don't have a lot of space? Plan to do some storing and staging. Clean off all tables and countertops so you have only the minimum of things you need to operate your home. Empty closets of anything that is "stored" and move it to a storage unit. The small expense you'll pay in storage fees you'll more than make back from your buyer's offer.
Replace the most dated features - countertops, cabinet pulls or appliances.
Bathrooms are so personal that they can easily turn buyers off. Invest in new towels, bathmats and a shower curtain.
Painting is expected by buyers; pick an updated neutral like a warm grey instead of beige. Be sure to choose a color that will complement the architecture and flooring in your home.
Homebuyers expect to see pride of ownership. The more tweaks, updates and repairs that you perform, the more confident your buyers will be that they're choosing the right home.