7 Ways to Instantly Transform Your Fall Curb Appeal

Posted by Laine Smith on 10/1/16 10:00 AM

Topics: Home Ownership

Curb appeal doesn't go out the window as soon as the leaves begin to drop. If you're planning to list your home this fall or your home exterior needs a little sprucing up, here are some tips for getting the attention of anyone who passes by your home this autumn.


Add Some Outdoor Lighting

Pathway Lighting

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The end of daylight savings time brings shorter days and an increasing need for exterior lighting. Not only is ample outdoor lighting a great way to burglar-proof your home and highlight landscaping, but it's also one of the best ways to prevent slips and falls on walkways leading to and from your home, especially when the weather turns sour.

Invest in LED or solar pathway lighting to guide your guests safely toward your entrance.

Clean Out Your Gutters

Unless you've already invested in a form of gutter guards, it's time to pull out your ladder for one of the biggest fall home maintenance to-do's. Not only are debris-filled gutters unsightly, but they could also contribute to thousands of dollars in shingle, siding and foundation damage.

After you've cleared your gutters, use a garden hose to spray them down, which is a great way to spot any leaks, clogs or damage in your gutter drainage system.

Spruce Up Your Exterior


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Falling leaves and bare trees leave your home exposed, so exterior home maintenance is an autumn must. Some of the basics for fall exterior home maintenance include:

  • Cleaning the windows.
  • Power washing the exterior of your home, driveway, and sidewalks.
  • Applying a fresh coat of paint in areas that are chipped or faded.
  • Power-washing your deck or front porch and applying sealant to protect it from the weather elements and heavy foot traffic.

Capture the Essence of Fall in Your Entrance


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Your front door should serve as the focal point of your home's exterior. Create an eye-catching entrance by using the basic rules of home curb appeal by:

  • Creating symmetry by flanking your door with seasonal decor, like potted mums or urns filled with harvest items.
  • Drawing focus to your home by painting your front door a bold, yet complementary color. Don't want to commit to a new door color? Add a wreath to draw the eye of people passing by.
  • Making your door an invitation. Extend your entry decor along the pathway leading to your home. Don't forget the functional touch of a new welcome mat.

Add Color to Your Entry


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Liven up your containers and window boxes with cool-season annuals, like mums, marigolds, pansies, ornamental kale, purple fountain grass and aster.

Want to liven up your fall foliage for next year? Check out our list of the best trees and plants  for vibrant fall color.

Take Care of the Landscaping & Lawn Basics


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Fall is the optimal time to get your lawn and landscaping ready for the next growing season. Now is the time to:

  • Trim dead tree limbs.
  • Apply new mulch.
  • Aerate and fertilize your lawn.
  • Collect and compost leaves.
  • Cut back perennials.

Plant a Tree(s)

Early fall is one of the best times of the year to plant a tree or shrub, as they avoid some of the extremes of winter & summer but are able to acclimate to soil conditions and develop stronger roots come spring time. Looking for a tree that will boast the brightest colors of autumn? Check list of top trees to plant for vibrant fall color.


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