Preparing Your Home For A Spring Sale

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Spring is here, so the home buying season is upon us. Now is the time to prepare your home for sale this Spring. If you are thinking of listing your home, being proactive will make the world of difference between a smooth and a rough home sale.  There are many recommended steps that should be taken when prepping your home for sale and a proper checklist can assist in making sure that all of your little ducks are in a row.

First off, start by thoroughly deep cleaning your home and I mean really cleaning it. Insufficient cleaning of their listed homes is one of the most common mistakes that sellers make when preparing their homes for sale. Your routine cleaning won’t due in this instance, as items that are missed or avoided on a regular basis due to time constraints may stand out even more to prospective home buyers fresh eyes when considering purchasing your home. Spending the extra time to make sure the job is done right will certainly reap the benefits in the long run. Sellers should not only clean interiors walls and scrub bathrooms down entirely; including tiles and grout, but also steam clean the carpets, and power wash decks and/or siding.

Buyers will most certainly be interested in the storage space that the home has to offer, so organizing closets and other storage areas would be a smart idea.

Another painful thought to most sellers is repainting their home, but a fresh coat of paint will go a long way in how the home is received by prospective buyers upon the first walk through the doors. If your home has accent walls or deep hues, painting them a neutral color will not only make the room appear more spacious, but will ensure that the home fits with any buyers decor.

Lastly, old appliances and damaged counter tops and cabinets can also deter buyers, especially if upgraded homes are a fiber of the neighborhood’s character.

I hope that you found these tips helpful in assisting you prepare your home for sale this Spring!

Fall Home Preparedness

As the weather cools down, our thoughts turn to visions of … leaf piles, broken gutters, and stopped-up chimneys. Or rather, how to deal with such household chores before the winter sets in. Here are 10 jobs that should top your priority list this fall for your fall home preparedness:

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1. Change batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. It’s a great idea to do this on the day Daylight Savings Time ends. Check the expiration on your fire extinguisher and review your escape plan with your family as well.

2. Inspect your fireplace. Have the chimney cleaned professionally, clear out any leftover ashes from last year from disposal chute if you have one, fix cracked glass doors.

3. Get the garage into shape. Gather up summer items such as lawn chairs, umbrellas, garden tools, and beach toys, pack them securely and store them neatly. Move snow shovels, snow sports equipment, and other winter tools to the front of your storage areas so they are easily accessible.

4. Ready the garden for winter. If you’re in colder climes, decide if you’ll be feeding the birds, and get your feeders cleaned and filled. Empty hoses and pack them away. If your winter weather is more temperate, you may want to prepare for winter planting of garlic, leeks, onions, lettuce, and potatoes.

5. Clear the deck. Clean, repair, cover and store your patio furniture and barbecue to prevent weather damage.

6. Get to the gutters. Clean and inspect them. Make sure your downspouts are clear and that you replace any broken extensions so that water is properly diverted away from your homes foundation.

7. Prepare the furnace. Check that it’s working properly before you really need it — you don’t want to be waiting for the repair service when the temperature’s dropped into the single digits. Better yet, get a professional cleaning and inspection.

8. Set up humidifiers. If you don’t have a central humidifier, pull out your portables and get ready to use them once you turn the heat on. Dry air not only harms your lungs and skin; it can also damage wood furniture, which can become brittle and crack.

9. Consider an exterior paint job. Fall is a great time of year to freshen your home’s exterior paint, with lower temperatures and low humidity.

10. Install a programmable thermostat. It doesn’t have to be as fancy [or expensive] as the Nest. Preset temperatures for different times of day and save yourself some money on heating bills — plus ensure you’ve got a cozy home to return to.

Taking steps now while the weather is still pleasant will save you time and trouble over the winter months and ensure your home is cozy and comfy until spring!

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