28 Tasks All Serious Home Sellers Should Do This Spring

spring_home_sellingSpring makes its official debut once more on Sunday, March 20, and the season has definitely arrived early this year in the St. Louis region. All around the neighborhoods in the area, blossoms are popping up on tree branches, daffodils are flourishing in yards, and green grass is making its return once more. Spring also means that more and more homebuyers will be looking for their dream home and will begin house hunting once more.

If you’re looking to sell your home this spring, you will want to make your home as attractive as possible to any potential homebuyers. The best, most cost-effective way to do this is to partake in spring cleaning to make your abode outshine the others on the market.

Here is your official checklist of chores for you to do this spring if you’re a home seller:

 

General Living Spaces (Living Room, Dining Room, Bedrooms, etc.)

*Clean all of your ceiling fans.

*Wipe down your baseboards with a damp cloth.

*Repair any nail holes or damage to the walls. Touch it up with paint.

*Wipe down all doorknobs and other hardware. Polish if needed.

*Clean every window. Make sure to clean the inside as well as the outside to really let the light in.

*Repair anything that is loose or broken.

*Dust and wipe down your light fixtures. If any bulbs have burned out, replace them.

*Take down all of your drapes and clean them. If they are heavy winter curtains, consider replacing them with lighter, more airy drapes to keep it light.

*De-clutter. Get rid of anything you don’t need, use, or want. Donate lightly used goods and trash or recycle the rest.

*Clean and organize your closet. Make sure to put away your winter clothes and shoes and donate anything that you haven’t worn in 2 years.

*Dust everything, including the lamps, picture frames, and even artificial plants and flowers.

*Vacuum after you dust. Make sure to get under the beds, behind the bookcases, and even in the corners where cobwebs could gather.

*Tidy up your attic and basement.

*Wash your throw rugs, bedding, blankets, and pillow covers. This will help your home smell and look fresh and revitalized.

*Depersonalize as much as possible by minimizing your family photos and any personal collections that might be out on display. This will help buyers imagine themselves in your space with their own things.

 

Kitchen

*Clean out the fridge by tossing any unused or old food, even condiments that you don’t use. Wipe down the inside and the outside, dust the top of the fridge, and vacuum the coils.

*Clean out the cabinets and drawers in the kitchen. Wipe down the doors and pulls to make them shine.

*Clean and organize the pantry.

*Scrub and clean the microwave and oven.

 

Bathroom

*Clean and organize the cabinets and drawers in your bathroom. Pare down what you don’t need and throw away old medicines.

*Clean the grout of your tile floors and on any other surface that is tiled.

*Clean every sink, tub, and toilet. Re-caulk them, if necessary.

 

Outside

*Pressure-wash the driveway and sidewalks. If the siding is in need of it, pressure-wash it carefully as well.

*Pull weeds from the garden and plant a few colorful annuals near the front door.

*Clean out the garage. Take everything out, sweep it, and pressure-wash the floors. Reorganize your items neatly once you’re done.

*Sweep and clean the patio or deck. Clean any neglected outdoor furniture, and maybe consider adding a few new cushions or potted plants to liven things up a bit.

*Clean the gutters.

*Spruce up the yard. Remove any fallen limbs, trim the bushes and shrubs, and keep the sidewalks and walkways clean. Rake up the yard to give your potential homebuyers a great first impression.

 

Need a reliable real estate agent to help you sell your home and find you the home of your dreams? Be sure to call the experts at The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 today! You can also view our current properties on our website at www.dianamasseyhomes.com.

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6 Colorful Ways to Help You Welcome Spring Into Your Home

make-spring-blossom-in-your-home-1The season of winter can seem interminable to many of us. Once we feel that hint of warmth and light enter back into the picture, we feel ourselves come alive and begin anticipating the long, sunny days of summer. The whites, grays, and blacks of winter begin to fade as the cerulean sky, emerald grass, and golden sunshine take center stage.

Why not bring these colorful seasonal changes into your home as well? Try these 6 ideas to help you welcome spring into your home!

Lighten Your Bedding – Warmer days will be upon us before we know it. Make sure that your bedding matches the light and the warmth on the horizon! Pack away the flannel sheets and choose a set of lighter, cooler sheets and a lighter comforter or quilt to adorn your bed. For those transitional times where the days are warmer and the nights are cooler, keep a warm blanket on the end of your bed to use to keep you cozy at night.

Add In Creative Bursts of Color – Let your home reflect the colorful setting of the outdoors this spring. You can replicate this feeling by placing creative pops of color throughout your home. For example, bring out brightly-colored dishtowels in your kitchen, and choose soap dispensers in a lemon or lime color. If you’re not a fan of bright colors, feminine and romantic colors and textures like pastels can work as well!

Bring in Fresh Flowers – Bring the outdoors inside by picking some of your favorite flowers! You can either purchase bouquets at a store or you can handpick some pretty wildflowers to put in your home. Try to create a consistent color scheme throughout your home or mix and match for a more rustic feeling. Potted plants, houseplants, and beautiful blooms will give your home an instant facelift!

Organize Your Mudroom – It’s time to pack away the winter boots, coats, and gloves and bring out the rain boots, jackets, and sandals. Once you wash and pack away your winter gear, give your mudroom a well-deserved scrub-down and unpack your spring and summer garb. You can also place beach towels, baskets, and picnic supplies out and ready whenever you want to enjoy some fun springtime activities!

Keep It Light and Airy – Spring is the time to give the windows in your home a good scrubbing inside and out. Spend some extra time on the windows so that the rays of sunshine aren’t filtered by dirt and dust. Don’t forget to dust the blinds and launder the curtains as well! Additionally, you can pack away your heavy drapes and curtains and bring out lightweight curtains in sheer materials to maintain that light and airy feeling in your home.

Take Inspiration From Nature – Aside from picking some beautiful flowers, you can bring a bit of nature inside your home to help you obtain that springtime feeling without breaking the bank. Try something unique like placing a bouquet of tall spring flowers into a thin vase and place the vase inside a pair of rain boots to create the perfect doorstop. You can also add small things like pebbles and shells inside colorful baskets. Find some items from nature that speak to you from your favorite trails and locations or right outside your own door!

How do you welcome spring into your home? Tell us in the comments below or on our Facebook page!