Autumn Curb Appeal Tips for Your Cook County Home

Home Improvement

Picture1The colors of fall are everywhere, with the leaves changing and falling, covering our yards and gardens. If your house is on the market this season, a bit of extra TLC in your front yard is in order to get the maximum impact curb appeal for your home. The following tips listed below are a great way to get started and still enjoy the beauty of autumn.

Create a Welcoming Entry. First impressions are lasting impressions. With some focus on your front door and porch, you can gain significant curb appeal and draw potential buyers in with ease. Consider a fresh coat of paint on the door and along any railings. A fall color such as brick red or a deep brown can help liven up the season without overwhelming. Add in some potted plants or fall flowers such as mums for a splash of color and vibrancy.

Keep Décor to a Minimum. One thing many of us love about the fall are all the fun decorations we get to put up, from Halloween to Christmas and New Year, our homes often become exuberant displays of lights, pumpkins, and wreaths. When selling at this time of year, the key to holiday decorating is to stick to a minimalist approach. A nice wreath on the door is great…an inflatable zombie graveyard, not so much.

Picture2Light it up. As the days get darker, having adequate exterior lighting is even more important. Bright lights on the porch and along walkways will not only help create an inviting atmosphere to welcome guests, it will also help keep your yard safer, too. Solar garden lights come in wide range of designs and offer a lot of flexibility for placement at a low cost.

Freshen up the Gate. If your yard is fenced, create an appealing focal point of welcome with a freshly painted gate; matching the color to your door will help ensure your gate won’t clash with the house. If space allows, consider adding an arched trellis. While the main growing season is over, just adding some lights to a trellis will make for an attractive entry into your yard or garden.

Picture3Leaf and Lawn Care. As much as the kids may love jumping into piles of leaves, it’s important to keep up on raking your lawn throughout the fall when your home is listed. Check your lawn for any brown spots which may need to be patched up. Fall is an ideal time to also fertilize your lawn; get the most impact from your lawn care by treating it now. There are also several flowering plants perfect for the fall to add more color to your landscaping. Asters, Chrysanthemum, and Pansies are just a few great choices.

Find more ideas on autumn curb appeal with this article and photo gallery published by HGTV. When it’s time to sell or buy a home, you want the process to be stress-free and easy. Work with a Realtor® who puts their expertise to work for you. The Driscoll Properties Team is ready to help you every step of the way. Learn more at our website,, then contact the Driscoll Properties Team at 847-533-6786 to help you discover the home of your dreams.