Who could have ever guessed it would be April and we would all be stuck at home? Use your time wisely now to get your home ready to sell in the Spring market this year or follow these tips to spruce up your home before summer.
Inspect the Gutters
Everyone’s least favorite task, but it has to be done. Check for loose and damaged gutters. Make sure downspouts drain away from the foundation and are clear of debris as poor drainage can lead to water build-up in the basement or crawl spaces. These are an easy fix now that could save you from a major issue down the road.
Check the Windows
How old are your windows? Experts suggest replacing residential windows every 15-20 years. Well maintained windows can sometimes last a little longer. Check the caulking and weather stripping around your windows each spring and winter. If there is damage, warm summer air and cold winter air will come into your home. TIP: If you have condensation inside the glass on windows during the winter months, the weather seal has been compromised, and either the glass or the window will need to be replaced.
General Cleaning Inside the Home
Spring is a good time to clean areas of the house that often go neglected. Dust or vacuum chair rails, window casings, and ceiling fans. Dry clean fabric draperies, vacuum upholstered furniture and schedule a carpet cleaning. Removing settled dust, mites, and allergens will make for a cleaner, and healthier, home.
Test the Air Conditioning Units
Now is the time to make sure the air conditioning units are in good shape for the upcoming warmer months. Change the air filters inside the home, check hose connections for leaks, make sure the drain pans are draining freely, and vacuum any dust that has settled on the unit during the winter months.
Fertilize and Seed the lawn
Outdoor entertaining season is upon us and now is the time to get your lawn in perfect shape for everyone to enjoy! Rake the lawn to remove any branches, debris, and leaves that may be leftover from the winter. These items can prohibit the grass from growing. Check the outdoor water sources (pipes, faucets, and in-ground sprinkler systems) to be sure they are in working order. Take stock of your garden tools and lawn maintenance equipment, including lawnmowers, trimmers, and hoses and replace them as necessary.
Being a homeowner can be a lot of work, but starting each season with a list of items to maintain will make the work easier in the long run. If you are getting your home ready to sell, contact your preferred Dickens Mitchener agent to help you get started. We wish you happiness in your home.