Preparing Your Home for Sale in Spring

It's now officially Spring, which means warmer weather on the way and with it comes the prospect of more home buyers and increased sales levels.

And whether you're planning to list your home soon or not, now is a great time to prepare your home for the coming months.

Lawn sprinklers - Be certain that water irrigation systems function fully and carry our any necessary repairs. Adjust controllers to avoid wasteful overuse of water.

Garden equipment - If you maintain your own lawn, now is the time to service mowers, trimmers etc., ensuring they are reliable when in regular use over the next few months.

Clean gutters - Be sure that gutters and down pipes are clear of leaves and any other items that might block water flow.

Windows and doors - Poor air tightness around building apertures such as windows and doors leads to more expensive air conditioning bills. Inspect them and repair all seal damage.

Screens - Your screens perform a great function in allowing windows and doors to let in fresh air and simultaneously keep out critters, but not if their condition has degraded over the winter. Inspect them and repair/replace as required.

Check the roof - Carry out a physical check to see if there has been any damage to the roof over the winter - binoculars are often enough to check for major problems. Confirm that branches of nearby trees are between five and seven feet, at least, from your home so that moisture and various critters can't enter the property. Branches that are too close may also damage paintwork.

Furnaces - Your furnace has had some serious usage during winter, so now is the perfect time to clean filter systems, blowers and motors.

Chimneys - It's also the ideal moment to arrange annual cleaning with your chimney sweep, if applicable.

Air conditioning - Now is the time inspect your air conditioning so that it's in good shape before it gets more stressed in the warmer months to come. Your ac condenser should also be clear of any vegetation or other obstructions.

Driveways - Concrete, asphalt etc. can crack during winter and should now be repaired to stop water seepage.

Paintwork - Re-coat any external areas damaged over winter. Using a pressure washer on wood surfaces is an excellent way to reveal weak spots.

Decking - Deck components deteriorate over time, so ensure yours is in good shape to safely cope with the additional loads of spring/summer events etc.

We hope that these pointers help you to get your home in tip-top shape. If you're planning to list your home soon, contact us at 435-327-2090 for more specific guidance.