9 Things You Must Do When Prepping to Sell Your Home in Spring

If you are planning to sell your home in the coming months, Spring is a great time to list a home for sale in Gold Country. Whether you’re working on your home to get it ready to go on the market or just hoping to give it some love, don’t let these spring cleaning and updating chores slip through the cracks. When it comes to Gold Country, Spring is an excellent time to sell your home. Here are 9 things you must do when prepping to sell your home in Spring.

Buyers are looking for a home that’s been taken care of despite any bad weather or snowy conditions, so working on your home right at the beginning of spring will keep things ready to go for the spring home sales season. Freshening up your home’s interior and exterior will invigorate your home with spring energy so that you can enjoy the warm weather, knowing you’re ready to make the big sale!

1. Do Some Spring Cleaning

Spring and cleaning go hand in hand. Start the cleaning process now so when Spring arrives there is little left to do. When selling your home, you will want to do a deep clean of every nook and cranny. Dust each room from top to bottom, wash the baseboards, shampoo carpets, and so on. Checking these items off the list now will make putting your house on the market a breeze. 

2. Wash Windows and Freshen Window Treatments

Windows often take the brunt of winter weather, keeping out cold winds and catching winter dust, dirt, and even salt from the roads. Your first step in spring cleaning should be to wash the inside and outside of your windows. You’ll be amazed at how much more light can enter a space when the windows are clean!

Changing your window treatments is an effortless way to bring spring pep into your home. Keep it simple by just washing or dry cleaning your current draperies, or take it one step further by updating heavy draperies with light and airy sheers.

3. Clear Your Gutters and Downspouts

Dirty gutters are an eyesore and a liability not only for you but for potential buyers, as well. Cleaning your gutters and removing leaves from your roof will take roughly 15-30 minutes, but will save you money in the long run. You can avoid flooding during spring rains by clearing gutters of all rubbish using a ladder, a small hand rake, and a hose. Remember to hose off your dirty gutters as well. 

Potential buyers will see that you’ve taken care of your gutters and downspouts and gain an added sense of confidence that you’ve taken care of the rest of your home, too. Gutter Supply notes that replacing your gutters with a durable, seamless material will prevent leaks and won’t need replacing as often as sectional gutters.

4. Repair Roof Damage

Nothing is more intimidating to a potential buyer than a roof that needs some serious work. Keep up with small roof repairs so that you can avoid an expensive overhaul down the line. After a long winter, the first thing you should do is examine your roof and assess any damage, and while you’re up there, clear away any branches, leaves, moss, and other rubbish.

If you find an excessive amount of moss, mold, or other growth, you’ll want to treat your roof with chlorine bleach or copper sulfate. Replace any missing shingles and don’t hesitate to contact a roofer for a second opinion or a roof inspection if need be.

5. Refreshing Updates

In addition to a deep clean, completing minor updates around your house will make it market-ready. For example, do any rooms or doors need a fresh coat of paint? If yes, choose light bright white colors for best results. Are there any light bulbs that need replacing? Do all the light bulbs match? These things can diminish the exterior look and the professional photography when it is time to market your property for sale. What else obviously needs replacing, fixing, or upgrading? If you need help deciding what updates and fixes will have the most impact when selling, Team French can help you sort through your list. We have the training and experience needed to help you create a to-do list that will help your home sell and for top dollar. 

6. Spring Lawn Care

The first thing that a potential home buyer sees is typically your front lawn. Once the snow melts, you’ll probably need to take some steps to get your yard back into shape. Start your lawn work by raking away any leaves, branches, and clutter that was hidden under the snow all winter. Prune and trim your trees and shrubs and then haul away compost debris. Put fresh bark or mulch in areas that are lacking. Also, be sure to get rid of any plants that died from cold weather.

Aerate your lawn using a soil conditioner product; Oregon Live recommends LazyMan Liquid Soil Aerator. Aeration will help your lawn to be thick, even, and lush. Reseed any damaged or bare parts of your lawn using grass seed and fertilizer.

7. Bring the Outdoors in

Once you’ve removed the winter blues from your house, add some Spring excitement! Choose a few additions that will brighten and freshen both your house’s interior and exterior. Outside, you may add some blooming bushes to your landscape. Inside, keep it simple but refreshing. Perhaps a houseplant, new kitchen mat, or an eye-catching vase.

One of the most exciting things about spring is the burst of flower blossoms that happen around the neighborhood. Filling your home with potted plants will make your house smell good and look beautiful.

Use a mix of potted houseplants that will last for the whole season and blossoming vases that will need occasional updating. You can also take advice from Martha Stewart and use different shades of hydrangeas for the ultimate blooming spring bouquet. 

8. Declutter

Decluttering is a must before putting your house on the market, and often takes longer than you think. Spring is the perfect time to pare down the clutter that’s been accumulating in your home. Start now to get it accomplished in plenty of time before you put your house on the market. Remember, potential buyers look through all your closets, storage spaces and secret hideaways. You will want every room to look organized and clear of mess. 

Before you get started, make a room-by-room plan so that you don’t feel overwhelmed by the prospect of decluttering your entire home—know that you don’t need to do everything in one day or even in one weekend. Pack away things that you dont need. Since you are planning to move anyway, just start packing now and getting rid of anything that will not be moving with you now. 

Consider investing in drawer dividers and closet organizers to tame spaces that are prone to clutter. If you are planning on putting your home on the market, decluttering your home should be one of your top priorities.

9. Call the Gold Country Real Estate Experts

Without a doubt, the most important piece to selling your home is having a knowledgeable real estate agent. You will want to choose someone who is top producing, works their real estate business full time and who has the reputation and drive to get the job done. Sarah and Shelby French are just that! At Team French, we specialize in selling houses in the Gold Country area. With our ample experience and know-how, we will help you sell your Gold Country house quickly and for the best value. Contact us today to get a jump start on selling your house and to learn more things you must do when prepping to sell your home in Spring.

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