In March, there’s still plenty of places around the country experiencing unwieldly winter weather and record snowfalls, but spring isn’t too far away. Many people are readying their homes for what promises to be a strong house selling season.
Usually around this time, potential buyers start planning their weekends around searching for houses and you need to be ready. So, before that happens, now is the time to think “spring cleaning” and make sure your home is in perfect shape. Thankfully, there are a number of DIY jobs you can view on YouTube that can help you prepare.
Start easy by cleaning all windows and opening them up to let the air and sun shine through. Nothing says spring as much as a bright living room, and most buyers are attracted to rooms with natural light.
Set a reminder to switch out batteries on smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Since you’ll be taking out the stepladder anyway, you might as well use that day to also replace any lightbulbs that are failing and dust in some of the corners you normally don’t get around to.
Spend a day cleaning the kitchen, doing a full clear-out of the foods you don’t need in the fridge or cabinets. Defrost the freezer and add baking soda to your fridge to eliminate any odors. Don’t forget to clean the oven so when people examine them, they are as new looking as possible.
Spring months are also great times to think about the yard. Plant some foliage or shrubbery and give the outside of your home a new look. Bring bursts of color with beautiful 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 from fall and winter. You can also use it on your driveway, side of your home or anyplace that could use a good wash down.
Take the time to fix anything that’s broken or may have failed during the year—blown over fence boards, squeaky doors, or even the air conditioner—and make your home problem free.
By springing into action on these ideas, you soon could be spending the next season in your new home.