Six Tips to Rejuvenate Your Home’s Exterior for Spring
Spring is quickly approaching, which means so is that spring cleaning to-do list you may be happily avoiding. While you may have your game plan for tackling a garage cleanout or overflowing closets, don’t forget spring cleaning isn’t just for the inside of your home. Your home’s curb appeal can make a big impact and lasting first impression on guests, neighbors, potential buyers or even the entire block of your neighborhood.
If you’re planning to sell your home, or even just thinking about putting it on the market, having a well-kept exterior and yard should be a top priority. Landscaping can add tens of thousands of dollars to the value of your property, increasing your home’s perceived value and allowing you to sell a home even faster.
Below, you will find an easy-to-use checklist detailing spring cleaning tips that can be done to give your home a fresh look for the new season.
Give your lawn a new look.
Your lawn is the first place you should start. Once the dreary winter months have passed, your lawn will most likely be in need of a major refresh. Begin by removing any debris cluttering your lawn, such as leaves, weeds and twigs. Give your lawn a fresh cut and be sure to trim any trees or bushes. Lastly, add a pop of color to your yard by planting fresh flowers. This will surely catch the eye of any passerby or potential buyers and will also make your yard more enjoyable for you and your family.
Make your windows shine.
Nothing makes the exterior of your home shine quite like clean windows and screens. Not only will this give your home a sparkling view, but it will also give you perfect visibility into beautiful spring weather.
Pressure wash surfaces to remove buildup.
This probably isn’t something you need to do annually, so take a look at your driveway’s surface and siding on your home and make a judgment call. Pressure wash driveways or sidewalks that may have accumulated dirt and grime during the winter months. If you have siding on your home, you may want to pressure wash that as well to give it a new look and shine. While many businesses offer pressure washing services, you can also rent a washer, if you prefer a less expensive do-it-yourself approach.
Clean out your gutters and repair any leaks.
Cleaning gutters is often an overlooked project and dreaded task, but it is recommended that homeowners clean their gutters at least twice a year - once in the fall and once in the spring. This will ensure that no debris from previous winter storms are stuck in them.
Repair and clean light fixtures.
Exterior light fixtures are magnets for cobwebs, dust and bugs. Removing the dirt buildup from all outdoor light fixtures will allow them to shine brighter. According to the U.S Department of Energy, dirty bulbs shed 30% less light than clean ones, so adding this small chore to your spring cleaning list will ensure you are getting the light you’re paying for. Also, be sure to replace any missing or broken bulbs.
Prep your deck or patio areas for warmer weather.
Your decks and patios have most likely been neglected during the colder months, so it’s time to show them some TLC and get these spots ready for springtime barbecues. Wood decks take a lot of abuse from the elements, and need a good hose down or pressure wash to look their best. Scrub down any outdoor furniture and brighten up your space by adding a colorful rug or some fun, waterproof throw pillows.
Whether you are looking to sell your home or simply enjoy it with your family, revamping your exterior and yard will make your home more enjoyable and you’ll find yourself wanting to spend more time outside. It’s best to get a jumpstart on your tasks now, so you have even more time to enjoy a first breath of fresh air once the warm weather hits!
By: Meghan Boyles
Meghan Boyles is a mortgage marketing representative for Ameris Bank.
The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.