As the weather begins to warm and heavy coats find their way back to the closet for storage, there seems to be a resurgence for tidying up around the house, as well as an increase of homeowners putting a For Sale sign in the front law. Before you give everything the once over with your normal spring cleaning routine, consider these simple tasks that will give you a fresh, rejuvenated perspective on your home – whether you plan to list it or live in it.
From the Ground Up
Take your vacuuming to the next level by giving your floors a deep clean. Rent a steam cleaner to lift dirt and grime out of your carpets. Look at having your tile and marble professionally cleaned, and be sure to use products specifically designed for wood on your hardwoods.
Fresh Coat of Paint
Good things come in small packages, and you’ll be surprised what a gallon of paint can do for your home. If you are listing your home, be sure to stick with a neutral color – both inside and out.
Buyers can better visualize their own belongings in a space that feels like a fresh palette. Light grays and white are on trend, and even older homes feel more modern with a fresh coat of paint in one of these natural hues.
Wait a Minute, Mister Postman!
Create an inviting entrance before you get to the front door. A damaged mailbox can make a bad first impression, so be sure you make repairs or upgrades to add instant curb appeal. To note, federal regulations require your mailbox post to be 41-45 inches from the road surface to the bottom of the mailbox.
Don’t stop on the curb. Look at your front door and evaluate if it needs to be painted or even replaced. Polish door knobs and fixtures, and consider adding a wreath or pot of flowers so visitors and potential buyers step into your home with a smile.
Once you’ve tackled some of the bigger projects, don’t forget your normal spring cleaning task of decluttering. Clean out your closets, giving away items that you no longer wear or enjoy, and store off seasonal clothing elsewhere. For those ready to sell, this is also a good time to depersonalize. Help buyers see themselves in your home by limited family photos and personalized accents. With these items already packed away, you’ll also save yourself some time when moving day comes.
Sometimes the best way to determine your home needs is to ask an outside perspective. Our team of expert realtors at The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty can advise on which spring cleaning tasks will make the most dramatic impact and give you the best return on your investment of time and money.
Lawrence M. Lipman is the owner and president of The Lipman Group / Sotheby’s International Realty in Nashville. Real estate is Larry’s career, but also his passion, and he takes pride in guiding buyers and sellers through exciting home transitions at any budget. Larry welcomes questions and can be reached by calling 615-364-3333.