With the official start of spring right around the corner, the real estate market is set to heat up as homeowners who are looking to sell put their homes on the market, and house hunters come out in droves to find a place they can call home.
Before scheduling any showings, however, the start of the spring season is the perfect time to do some spring cleaning and get your home in tip-top shape. In fact, there are a number of easy jobs you can do on your own that will go a long way toward helping your home stand out from the competition.
To start, clean the windows and open up the blinds and drapes to let the sun shine through. There’s nothing that says spring as much as a bright living room on a weekend morning. Plus, buyers are attracted to rooms with natural light.
It’s also important to change the batteries in any and all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace any light bulbs that have blown out. These are things that prospective buyers will most likely check when touring the home.
When it comes to the kitchen, clean out the fridge, freezer and cabinets and throw out any items that are expired. Add some baking soda to the fridge to keep odors at bay and clean the oven so that when people look closely, these areas are as clean as possible. And make a splash in both the living and dining room with some new accent rugs or a fun piece of furniture.
Now that the weather is warming up, it’s critical that you pay attention to the areas outside your home, especially the yard. Planting some foliage or shrubbery will give the outside of your home a clean, fresh look. Incorporate bursts of color with annual flowers, perennials, trees and shrubs.
If you have a deck, rent a power washer and remove any dirt, debris or moss that may have seeped in during the fall and winter months. Be sure to give the sides of your home—and your driveway—a good wash down as well.
While you’re outside, clean the gutters and inspect downspouts to make sure they haven’t been damaged. Before the spring rains come, you want to be sure that the gutters are free of leaves, tree limbs and other debris that might cause problems later on.
By taking the time to do these things, your home will be in the best condition possible for a quick and easy sale.
For more tips on preparing your home for sale, contact our office today.
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