Thinking of selling your home this spring? Now’s the time to do it before the market heats up for summer! You’ll want to get yourself out of hibernation and into money making mode before the rest of the home sellers do. It's time to get a jump start on your competition and feel pretty good about your freshly cleaned home! Plus, if your home makes a better impression on a buyer, then you could stand to make a good amount of money off of your effort. All in all, it’s a win win! Let’s get started. 


Get That Curb Appeal

Since the outside of your house is going to be making the first impression to buyers, you’ll want to start there. Plus, since winter is just about behind us, the chances are good that you haven’t done any yard maintenance in a few months due to heavy rain or snow or just cold weather in general. It’s time to dust off your rake and hedge trimmers and get to work! Here are some good places to start: 

  • Raking the lawn of any scattered winter debris
  • Trimming back hedges and bushes as necessary to make clean lines 
  • Hit the perimeter of your lawn with an edging tool to get the winter grime off of the outer areas of your lawn and to have it cut a clean line as well
  • Trim tangled or messy branches that may have gotten broken in the winter
  • Power wash the siding of your house and don’t forget your windows while you’re at it. At least all of the windows visible from the front of the house
  • Sweep and wash driveway, sidewalks and walkways
  • Replace your old welcome mat for a fresh clean one
  • Plant cold spring flowers like Pansies, Snapdragons, and Dwarf Crested Iris’s
  • Clean your gutters 
  • Check your dryer vent for debris. If you haven’t cleaned it out in a while, here’s a handy guide on doing so

 

Move Indoors For That Inner Beauty

Ok, now that you have your outdoor spring cleaning pretty much done, it’s time to move indoors to finish the job. You’ll want to start wherever a potential buyer would start: your home’s entrance and man living areas. This will help you make the most of that ever so valuable first impression. 

 

Here’s a checklist to get you started:

 

Kitchen

  • Clean stove top and stove vent hood area
  • Sweep, mop, and detail floors
  • Clean off and polish your refrigerator door and any other part that is showing
  • Clean out and rinse off your trash can if it is visible, but it might be a good idea anyway
  • Dust cobwebs out of corners high up
  • Dust and wipe down blinds and window coverings
  • Vacuum furniture and account for pet hair by vacuuming a second time after the dust settles
  • Wipe down and polish your wood furniture in the dining and living room area to give it that extra shine

 

There is a good list to get you started! If you have any questions or want to sell your house this year, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us so we can help