Although you may not know it from the weather lately, Spring is here ... and has been here for about a week! For many that means the dreaded ritual of Spring cleaning, and if you're planning on putting your home on the market there are a few items you should add to your to-do list.
Add a fresh coat of paint
To create a chic rather than shabby appearance, add a fresh coat of paint to painted or finished surfaces to remove any scuffs, chips or scratches. This is one of the cheapest and most impactful improvements you can make. Tiny imperfections may make a home in otherwise great shape look poorly maintained.
A home with beautiful trim work rates higher in pride in ownership than one without all of the attention to detail. Take a minute and stand on your own front lawn to see what buyer's will see when pulling up to your house. Are your house numbers hanging sideways? Is your front door looking a little faded? Updating your exterior hardware, painting your front door and adding attractive trims (shutters, decorative eaves, etc.) can all boost your home's wow factor.
No, we're not talking about reconciling with an ex, we're really talking about fixing your fences, gates and screens. These all seem like relatively inexpensive and quick fixes that buyers can make themselves, but why give them any reason to point out flaws in the house? It's Springtime so spend some time outdoors repairing broken fences, add new hinges to gates that don't budge and replace screens that have holes.
A squeaky cupboard door isn't a deal breaker, but it's important to keep in mind that these are systems in the home that buyers are going to use and test out during their visit. Make sure that your entry door, closet doors and kitchen cupboard doors and drawers are in good cosmetic shape and don't stick. It's all in the details!
Power Spring cleaning
Hiring a professional cleaner can provide a massive refresh to the look, feel, smell and the overall air quality of your home. Springtime is a great time to look into these services as most businesses offer Spring cleaning promotions.
Once your through with your traditional Spring cleaning tasks and tackle a few of the ideas listed here your home should be in tip-top shape and ready for your first showing. Best of luck!