Although you may think these tasks are relatively small, together they can hugely impact your home and offer a facelift after the harsh winter weather. Use these eight tips as you start your outdoor spring-clean. Before you know it to your home will be spring market-ready.
1. Change Your Outdoor Lightbulbs
Start by replacing any burnt-out lightbulbs with energy-efficient ones. Some bulbs on the market today even have built-in sensors that turn on automatically when the sun goes down. Follow up by cleaning the winter residue off all outdoor light fixtures to ensure maximum brightness.
2. Show Your Door Some T.L.C
Your front door is seen by everybody– guests, neighbours, and dog walkers alike. Polish the hinges, handles, knobs and give it a fresh new coat of paint that compliments your siding, trim, and garage. Layout a new welcome mat and maybe even install a new doorbell.
3. Repair Your Walkway
Between the snow and cold weather, your walkway can look quite damaged by the time spring rolls around. Use this time to replace any loose bricks, fill in gaps, and patch cracks. For removing concrete, stone, or asphalt stains, rent a power washer or purchase a stain removal treatment.
4. Get Pruning and Trimming
When selling your house in Spring curb appeal means everything. Prune dead branches, trim overgrown shrubs, and pull out all dead or damaged plants that are weakening the aesthetic of your yard.
5. Plant and Plant Some More
Add some life back into your yard – front and back! Add some planters, hanging flower baskets, flower beds, window boxes, shrubs, or any other greenery to update your space. Strategically placing plants and trees helps to hide air-conditioning units, propane tanks, pool heaters, and other objects that you want to be less visible to potential buyers.
6. Freshen Up Your Furniture
Maybe your furniture was left out all winter or maybe time has caused it to look a little weathered. Spray a fresh coat of paint on it, change up the cushions, and add some bold decorative throw pillows for an inviting feel.
When buyers visit your house they want to see an immaculate space inside and out. Sweep your porch, sidewalk, remove cobwebs, tighten loose railings, clean windows, and repaint posts and columns.
8. Clear Out Your Gutters
Thoroughly check for leaves, tree branches, and other pieces of debris to minimize the chances of clogging as the spring rain begins. This can end up saving you lots of money in repairs.
At the end of the day, the exterior of your house can make or break a potential deal. Discuss with your real estate agent how you can update your outside space and ensure in photos and in person, it is desired by all.
“My knowledge becomes your asset and my hard work is your vehicle to success.”
JOSHUA CAMPBELL (@knowledgebrkr)
Real Estate Broker
Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Centre, Brokerage
249 Avenue Road • Newmarket, ON L3Y 1N8