Aside from giving the driveway a good shoveling now and then, many homeowners tend to neglect their home’s upkeep over the winter months. In the case of a cottage, maybe you haven’t even visited the place in a few months. However, if you plan on selling during the busy spring real estate market, there’s no better time to get your home maintenance back on track than right this minute. Here are three key areas you can focus you energy on, and if need be, your budget.
Make those small repairs: After the cold and snow have taken over, we tend to let the small things slide – like a burnt bulb, a cracked light fixture, or a broken patio stone. But once the weather warms up, these things can really stand out and it’s definitely in your best interest to fix them now, before you list your home.
Keep your curb appeal on point: Curb appeal has a huge impact on potential buyers – after all, it’s basically the first impression that your home makes. Make sure that the exterior of your home is clean and clear of any debris like leaves, dead branches, or any other remnants from the winter months.
This early in the spring, the leaves haven’t yet emerged and the garden beds are still bare. Consider adding some flower planters to your front yard or walkway to introduce a bit of colour and make your home stand out.
Decluttering: Decluttering is probably the largest step in really getting your home ready for listing, showing and selling. Even if it means renting a storage locker and carting away a few items from each room, decluttering is the first step to staging your home for sale and has two main purposes: it makes your home appear more spacious, and it “de-personalizes” your home, making it more appealing to prospective buyers.