Spring has finally sprung, and the housing market is about to be in full bloom. If you are preparing your house for market, it is crucial to put some TLC into your outdoor living space as the weather warms. When it comes to selling power, forget what your mama taught you; it’s not just what’s on the inside that counts. Below is a spring-cleaning outdoor checklist that will leave your home gleaming and ready to charm house hunters.
The Exterior of your Home
This truly is a buyer’s first impression. Use a critical eye to ensure your home is glistening from the curb.
• Power wash your siding
• Clean ease troughs and rain gutters
• Wash the outside of your windows, screens and shutters
• Repair any cracks in the driveway or entrance way steps
Transitioning from a wet winter is challenging, but your lawn can still charm the socks off homebuyers.
• Remove any leaves and debris that made it through the winter
• Trim bushes, prune your trees and remove any weeds
• Purchase some new blooms to brighten up your yard and freshen up last summers flower beds
• Low-maintenance lawn alternatives may include turf grass and ground coverings
Furniture & Décor
A short summer means making the most of outdoor entertaining. Showcase any indoor/outdoor living spaces and create a venue fit for hosting.
• Functional yet stylish outdoor dining and lounge furniture should be the focus
• Indoor/outdoor rugs, mood lighting and decorative throw pillows add a finishing touch
• Showcase your BBQ or grill only if its clean and rust free
• Highlight any key entertaining features such as a fire pit, outdoor speakers, etc.
The garage can often be overlooked. It is commonly used as a chamber for junk, storage for boxes and years of collectables. As an extension of your home, it should also look pristine inside and out.
• Organize and clean any storage shelves
• Remove any mouse traps, weed killer and cleaning products
• Ensure there is ample room to park a car
• Showcase any additional storage space
Although this may seem like an obvious chore, some of the clutter in your yard may not be noticeable to your eye. Just because you adore your garden gnome collection, doesn’t mean potential buyers will too.
• Remove any outdoor tools, hoses and clutter
• Store bikes, skateboards and other sporting equipment
• Do away with excess planters or patio furniture that isn’t necessary
• If you have a pool make sure it looks presentable and is in working order
If you are working with a small outdoor space, such as a condo balcony, highlight the entertaining potential by staging it with a two-seater bistro set, hanging lights and some greenery.
Tackling spring-cleaning can be an overwhelming task, especially if you are preparing your home for market. I suggest walking around your property with a pen and paper and make a list of things that need attention. Take on one section at a time, one task at a time and pay attention to detail; your outdoor space should look ready-to-use and cared for.