Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and what potential buyers see in your home makes all the difference in its sale price. If you’re planning to put your house on the market this season, do some basic spring cleaning to spruce up its curb appeal. Take care of the basics first, and you’ll be able to make better decisions about investments in other touch-ups, like painting, planting and repairs.
Here’s where to begin with spring cleaning of your home’s curb appeal.
- Give your home’s exterior a good scrub with a power washer to remove cobwebs and grime.
- Clean all windows inside and out, and remove screens to show off the windows and allow light to flow into the home.
- Trim trees and shrubs that overhang the house and hide it from view.
- Remove and store items like garden tools, stray hoses, children’s toys and sports equipment that are languishing around the front yard.
- Pay attention to what’s on your porch, and clean up your act. Stuff like empty shipping boxes, stray shoes and straggly-looking container gardens tends to become invisible to you while being immediately noticed by potential buyers.
In real estate, there’s no bigger sales edge than top-notch curb appeal, so take time now to build that edge for later. These spring-cleaning chores could be the most valuable ones you do all season!