Spring has arrived which, for many homeowners, means spring cleaning and refreshing the house and yard.
If you’re in a new home, now is a great time to spend some time to really make it your own and give it your own special touch. Or, if you’re thinking of taking advantage of the hot spring/summer real estate market, there’s no better time than now to prepare your space for showings and open houses. No matter where you’re at in the cycle of homeownership, use this time to prioritize your biggest investment. Here are 6 ways to show your home some TLC and make it a priority this month.
Schedule A Power Wash
It’s no secret that curb appeal makes a big difference in a home’s value. Even if you’re not putting your home on the market any time soon, getting your siding, driveway, sidewalks, patio, and fencing cleaned every year helps avoid a big build up that will be a pain to clean down the road (not to mention, your neighbors will really appreciate it).
Paint That Room You’ve Been Wanting To Redecorate
When it comes time to put your home on the market, there is nothing worse than being presented with a list of things to fix before it can be listed. Oftentimes, realtors will recommend a fresh coat of paint throughout the home, so, you’re faced with having to outsource (and pay for) the huge project or spend your free time painting every wall of your house. To avoid this, spruce up your rooms one by one while you’re still living in and enjoying your home. This will make life easier if you ever do decide to move and you won’t feel like you’re making your home perfect for someone else. Win-win!
Plant Some Flowers
A landscaping project doesn’t need to be a massive undertaking with stones, new grass, and a complete redesign of your yard - it can be as simple as getting some new pots and planting some colorful flowers in them. This little touch will brighten up your home from the outside and help make your patio or deck a little oasis for those nights you decide to grill dinner.
Check The Health Of Your Appliances
Just like you schedule yearly checkups with your doctor for your health, you should check in on your major home appliances annually as well. Your home’s HVAC system, plumbing, electrical system, garage door opener, kitchen appliances, and water heater are some of your biggest investments so it’s important to keep them in good shape. While you’re doing your checkups, consider investing in a home warranty program, such as Choice Home Warranty. When it comes time to repair or replace one of these pricey systems, you won’t have to panic.
Deep Clean The House
Set aside one weekend this month to really get down and deep clean the house. Regular cleaning is great for the health and life of a home, but are you regularly scrubbing every nook and cranny? Some places around the home to add to your deep clean checklist are the tops of your cabinets and doors, air vents and ducts, behind and under the bed, baseboards, and the corners of the ceiling (where cobwebs like to hide).
Declutter And Purge
One of the main rules of minimalism is never to keep something “just in case”. While living the minimalist life isn’t for everyone, getting rid of clutter and purging things you don’t need is something we all can get behind. This month, go through your closets (garage, attic, or wherever you store your things) and see how much you can find to donate. You’ll be surprised by how much even a small purge will clean up your home and make it feel a little more curated.
Spend the month making your house your top priority and you’ll be amazed at the difference a few hours of hard work will make. Then, you can spend the whole summer enjoying your space, worry-free, while you get out and enjoy your best Colorado life!