Spring Cleaning For The Spring Market!

Posted on 04/03/2014

Spring is here, and many people are planning to put their homes up for sale to take advantage of the spring/summer market. Here are our tips for spring cleaning with an eye for what prospective buyers will be looking at:

Curb Appeal: Exterior Issues

Landscaping is to enhance a home, not hide it. One of the easiest things to do is trim the shrubs that are overgrown. They should be lowered to a height near the bottom of the windows. if there is ivy growing on the side of the home, remove it.

If there are branches hanging low in the yard, you’ll need to prune them. A simple rule of thumb is to have all the limbs high enough so that you can walk under the tree.
The next thing on the list is to clean out the flower beds and make them look good. This means getting all the weeds out and having a distinct border between the beds and the yard.

Everyone dreams of a “Homes & Garden” type home with flowers in the beds. Why don’t you invest in a few flats of flowers such as petunias or periwinkles that will last the entire growing season and will add color and beauty to the front of your home?

You might even consider putting some nice looking flower pots on the porch with some red geraniums or some other blooming plants in them.

Next, take a look at the front door and the area around it. If you paint nothing else, at least give it a fresh coat of paint.

If the doorbell is broken, replace it. Wash the mailbox. Keep the porch swept. Get an attractive mat for people to wipe their feet.

Make It Shine: Interior Issues

Start by airing out the home. You are the last person to notice any peculiar odor in your home that may be blatantly obvious to visitors. Go on a search to find the offender. It may be a kitty litter box or a dog bed. It might even be a mildewed shower.

Next, wash all the windows in the house, inside and out. While you’re at it, clean the window sills and the bottom of the window jambs, and wash the blinds.
If it has been over a year since you’ve had the carpets cleaned, now is the time to do it.

The bare floors should also be waxed or polished, even if they’re supposed to be “no wax”.

Put bright light bulbs in every socket made for a bulb. Buyers like bright and cheery so you have to keep it from looking like a dungeon. You’ll also want to keep the drapes and shades open during the day, even if you’re not in the habit, because it will make the property look better.

The next item on the required list is to clean out all of the closets, cabinets, and drawers. Get rid of things you haven’t used in the past five years and pack up everything that you haven’t used in the last year.

Closets should look as they have enough room to hold additional items. You might need to box up off-season clothes to make it look that way. Get everything off the floor and don’t have the shelved piled to the ceiling.