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Fall Maintenance for Homeowners

As summer winds down and fall approaches, you will hopefully get some relief from the hot weather of recent weeks. As the temperatures cool, this makes a great time to take care of home maintenance tasks outside and prepare your home for the winter months. What should you do around your home in the fall to make sure you are ready for the next season? Here are five things you definitely should not skip.

  1. Lawn maintenance is common in the fall. If you choose to aerate in the fall, then you may want to fertilize your lawn after that. The summer is harsh on your grass. Giving it some attention after the weather starts to cool can help it recover before its dormant winter season. If you do fertilize your lawn, you will need to water it as well if the weather doesn’t cooperate with you. Without watering, your fertilizer will be wasted.
  2. Fall is a great time to seal and stain your deck. Depending on your deck, this may need to be done annually or every two to three years. You need to avoid the wettest season and while summer may have plenty of time that isn’t wet, it may be too hot for you to do this kind of activity depending on the size of your deck. While you may have some fall rain, you should likely have plenty of dry days too so you can complete this activity without getting into the cold months. While your area may be drier in the winter, if there is rain, it is likely to stick around longer since the temperatures are cooler. Most likely the fall will still have plenty of warm, sunny days to make deck maintenance ideal.
  3. Empty the gutters and downspouts and make any necessary repairs. When the leaves start to come off the trees in the fall, it is best to have your gutters empty, so they aren’t overloaded. Overflowing gutters can pull away from the house causing damage and allowing water to flow into your home. This damage is often hard to spot until it has progressed to a big and expensive problem.
  4. Winterize any outdoor water sources. This includes outdoor spigots, irrigation systems, sinks, fountains, and anything else. If temperatures dip below freezing with water in the lines, it could cause your pipes to burst creating an expensive and messy repair.
  5. Have your fireplace cleaned for the new season if you didn’t have it done at the end of fireplace season. If this is not something you have been doing regularly, talk to the person that comes out about the recommended schedule for this maintenance task depending on your fireplace usage habits. Fireplaces provide great heat during the winter but can be dangerous if they aren’t properly maintained.

Routine maintenance is critical to caring for your home and protecting your most important asset. Anytime you need a recommendation for a home professional to assist you with something big or small around your home, give me a call. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home and/or determine the value of your existing property.

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s License #01264041

Nancy Davidson is your ultimate real estate resource for Mammoth Lakes, CA and The Eastern Sierra. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

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Selling Your Home in the Fall

We are out of the busy spring and summer housing markets and you may think that means you shouldn’t try to sell your house now. Don’t assume that to be correct. Depending on your real estate goals, fall can be a great time to sell your home.

To start with, home inventory often starts to drop off as we reach the fall season. Many sellers don’t want their home listed around the holidays so as listings expire, they are unlikely to extend the listing since the holidays are just around the corner. The lower inventory can mean your home gets much more attention than it would during Spring and Summer. Also depending on the demographics in your market, many buyers don’t want to move during the school year if they have kids, so they aren’t looking at homes now. The buyers that are shopping now are serious and motivated, so you are more likely to see an offer from the showings you have if your home is in good condition and priced appropriately.

Here are some easy tips that will ensure your home looks its best this fall.

    • Maximize lighting, both indoors and out

As the days get shorter, outdoor lighting becomes more important if you want to do things outside later in the day. Fall is when many stores place their solar lighting on clearance. This can mean you can make a nice upgrade to your property with a low investment and attract some good attention from buyers interested in your home. Solar lighting makes a nice statement and can used to line your walkways, driveway, showoff trees and enhance your entrance.  Utilize your hard-wired exterior lighting fixtures as well.  Show off your house, even at night.  Potential buyers don’t stop looking for their future home just because it is starting to get darker earlier. Leave your outdoor lights on at night until you go to bed while your home is listed so someone driving by could see your home better. An attractive peak at night will likely encourage them to come back for a showing during the day.

Maximize your interior lighting by opening all shades and blinds prior to all showings.  Also, turn on all lights, both overhead and lamps.  Buyers are looking for light and bright and need to be able to see the space they may call home.

    • Tidy up the yard

A well-maintained yard is pivotal in the initial reaction of a potential home buyer. Do not ignore your driveways, walkways, or flower beds. Remove all dead flowers, plants, and bushes and add a fresh layer of mulch to your beds. The outside of your home is the first area that a buyer will see. They will have an immediate reaction to what they see and you want that first impression to be good. As the leaves start to fall, take care of them quickly so your yard looks nice as much as possible.

    • Add seasonal color to your home

Color attracts the eye and grabs people’s attention. It isn’t winter yet so there are still lots of options to add color to your home inside and out. Pumpkins, mums and other fall plants will be attractive and inviting so use them to help your home stand out.

As you are thinking about when is the right time to sell your home, give me a call and let’s discuss how you can reach your real estate goals with my help no matter what the season. I will be happy to go over any questions you may have and help you determine your home’s value.

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760-937-2301 mobile
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s License #01264041

Nancy Davidson is your ultimate real estate resource for Mammoth Lakes, CA and The Eastern Sierra. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Photo by Paige Cody on Unsplash

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Ramp up Your Curb Appeal for Fall

Ramp Up Your Curb Appeal for FallShorter 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 hard 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. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding selling your home, help you to find your dream home or determine the value of your existing property

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
800 421-7005 office
866 278-7765 efax
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s License #01264041

Nancy Davidson is your ultimate real estate resource for Mammoth Lakes, CA and The Eastern Sierra. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

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Fantastic Fall Colors

Fantastic Fall ColorsNeed an excellent backdrop for your fall family photos? Then be sure you check out this article on the Top 5 Lakes for Fall Colors in the Eastern Sierra. These lakes feature photogenic fall foliage full of vibrant yellows, breathtaking oranges, and spectacular reds! Visit Rock Creek Lake and take a hike on the Tamarack Lakes Trail or drive over to Convict Lake and take in the sites of the geologically colorful volcanic rock.

Many other lakes provide fantastic fall foliage, visit the official Mammoth Lakes website to see which ones they recommend and why.

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
800 421-7005 office
866 278-7765 efax
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s License# 01264041

Nancy Davidson is your ultimate real estate resource for Mammoth Lakes, CA and The Eastern Sierra. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Photo by eberhard grossgasteiger on Unsplash