Â By Michael Smith
Prudential Professional Realty
Â Â Â Spring is here and for those selling their home or getting ready to put their house on the market, thereâ€™s nothing quite as beneficial as doing a great â€œspring cleaningâ€ job to not only make your home look great, but to get rid of some of that clutter that could distract someone coming to see your home.Â
Â Â Â Here are five spring cleaning tips that will help you sell your home.
Â Â Â 1: Curb appeal becomes as important as ever when the weather turns nicer and buyers are more likely to spend time outside looking at the exterior of the house and the property. Make sure to have a well-maintained lawn with all the leaves gone, the grass mowed and the hedges trimmed.
Spruce things up by buying some inexpensive, yet colorful flowers and spread fresh mulch in flowerbeds. Fill in any bare spots on your lawn with sod or seed. Make sure to also clean your gutters, wash your welcome mat and put away any rakes or winter shovels that clutter the yard.
Â Â Â 2: The phrase â€œI donâ€™t do windowsâ€ should never apply when selling a home. While a REALTORÂ® may tell you that homes show better with the blinds or curtains up, this will not be true if the windows are dirty. A clean window brings more light into a room and allows buyers the chance to see what the view will be when they look out of their potential new home. Itâ€™s important to clean both the inside and outside of all windows until they are streak free and spotless. This includes all sliding glass doors, garage windows and outside doors.
Â Â Â 3: Pay close attention to the â€œlittleâ€ things that might draw the eye of a prospective homebuyer. Go around your home with a pad and pencil and inspect each room for things such as small holes in the wall where a painting used to hang, outlets that are missing a cover or doorknobs that are loose and squeaky. Also, be sure to check all of the caulking around sinks, faucets and tubs, as well as any grout in tile counters or bathtubs. As you take the time and the small amount of money to fix these items you reduce the reasons for someone not liking your home.
Â Â Â 4: Power wash your driveway, walkway, siding and deck. You donâ€™t need to invest in the money of buying a new power washer as they are easy to rent from stores such as Loweâ€™s. Power washing removes layers and years of dirt and grime from stone and cement, including mildew stains from the winter. Power washing the porch, a fence or deck clears away all the dirt and debris and makes the home instantly seem cleaner. If the outside of your home looks dingy, you may be setting the impression that you didnâ€™t keep up the home itself well, so make sure to have everything looking top notch.
Â Â Â 5: One of the first pieces of advice you will get from your real estate agent is to reduce clutter in your home. Spring cleaning is the perfect excuse to get rid of things you donâ€™t really need. Go through all your closets and bag up all the clothes that donâ€™t fit, are out of style or you simply donâ€™t wear anymore and donate them to a charity. Take your old books, the kidsâ€™ toys they no longer play with and those kitchen knickknacks and hold a garage sale. A de-cluttered home is always more attractive to the homebuyer.
Michael SmithÂ can be reached at 440-846-1234. PrudentialÂ Professional RealtyÂ is an independently owned and operated member of Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Inc., a Prudential company. Equal Housing Opportunity.