You know what time of the year it is. It’s officially spring! And that means spring cleaning – or rather spring repairs. Before listing your home, you’ll want to get into spring cleaning shape. And if you’re planning on listing your home, deciding where to start may not be an easy choice, but here are some ‘must’ value-added spring repairs.
There’s no surprise that in the winter ice dams and falling snow sheets can cause damage to your roof; roof tiles shift, gutters warp, soffits crack. Problems can especially arise once the snow starts to melt, especially if there is water backing up inside the house. When selling your home, one goal is to do everything you can to help your home pass its professional home inspection. So, shelling out now to make sure the roof is doing its job should be on your list of spring repairs.
Air Quality Control
Now that winter is over, you’ll soon be using the AC as warmer weather approaches. Hire a professional servicing company to make sure all is working as it should be. To be safe, make sure you get a copy of the receipt as this can definitely bring some peace of mind to potential buyers knowing this spring tune-up was taken care of.
We’ve mentioned in several of our other blogs how even a small amount of paint can go a long way. A fresh coat of exterior paint not only adds curb appeal but could add real value to your spring listing. Yet, choosing the right colour can be difficult. Slate grey, terra cotta, and dark brown are not the best colours when it comes to appealing exteriors. This year, choose a different neutral paint shade to set your home apart from all the rest.
Giving your home the deepest, most-thorough clean it’s ever seen is a must for a springtime listing. Walking into a fresh, clean and spotless home can be a total game-changer for buyers. It’s all doable with a little bit of elbow grease. One tip is to really put a lot of focus into cleaning windows – bright homes that offer natural lighting are incredibly desirable.
Definitely, do not overlook cleaning the bathtub. Re-glazing the tub and re-grouting the surrounding tiles will make the area look like it’s new without having to do a full renovation. Bathrooms are a big focus for buyers. Having one that shows well is worth the work it would take.
As stated, bright homes truly are appealing! Flattering lighting throughout the house is a must. Low-wattage bulbs give off a soft, warm light, so consider replacing your current mismatched ones for a set of those instead. If you’re not comfortable, hire an electrician to add dimmer switches to overhead lighting, chandeliers, and sconces throughout the house.
During the winter, salt, ice, and snow buildup can damage and lift up walkway paving stones, making the front path uninviting and dangerous. Potential buyers make their first judgements about the property when they walk up to the front of the house. Don’t let cracked pavers or raggedy shrubs turn them off before stepping inside — put that front walkway on the spring-repairs list.
Are you thinking of listing your home and still feel like you need more repairs done? Give us a call and we will guide you through the process!