There are a number of things you can do while you are living in your home that make it ready to go when you want to sell it. Think about it. How many people frantically rush to make improvements on their home just to turn it over for someone else to enjoy?

Instead of emergency maintenance for someone else’s pleasure, maintain your home and keep it sell-ready with these recommendations. Here are a few things you can do during the fall months.

Fall Maintenance to Keep Your Home Sell-Ready

1. Clean Out Gutters

Before the water falling from the sky turns to snow and ice, you want your gutters to be free and clear of debris that could cause things to back up. If water cannot flow, it will freeze, and ice damages roofs and gutters. Scottsdale may rarely get this type of weather, but it does happen. Instead of dealing with gutter replacement in the spring, make sure you are cleaning out your gutters all the way past the downspout, so you don’t end up with a mess.

2. Check Screens

Fall and winter are perfect times to work on any torn or damaged screens because your windows aren’t likely to be open in the cool weather. Inspect your screens, and handle screens one at a time. This ensures that you don’t bite off more than you can chew, and you have most of your windows in full working order in case they are needed.

3. Prune Trees

Hire a professional if you have to, but make sure your trees are properly pruned every fall. This ensures that any dead branches are removed, so they don’t fall on your car or house during the winter. Annual prunings also make sure that your tree grows as it should.

4. Sprinkler Maintenance

Depending on the type of grass you have, you may or may not have lawn maintenance to do in the fall, but your sprinklers definitely deserve a checkup during this time. This is especially true since any repairs that need to be made can occur or be planned while the water isn’t needed as much.

5. Paint

Early fall is a great time to paint because it isn’t too hot or humid, which means paint will have the proper time to dry and cure, so it doesn’t crack and peel. Don’t wait to sell your home to make it look good. Enjoy the new paint, and enjoy your home while you are in it!

Not only do these five maintenance moves keep your home sell-ready, but they make it more enjoyable while you are still here. When it is time to go, you won’t have to stress. Your house will look great.