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Can you do the white glove test on every surface of your house?
Whether your home is more likely to be thought of as the “before” or “after” version of a good Marie Kondo cleaning, opening your home up for spring is sure to mean a little extra work. After a long, cold winter, your house has been through the ringer and needs some attention in order to look and perform at its best. And if you’re opening your home for the spring selling season, you’ll want to pay extra attention to the details!
Start by looking at your home through an outsider’s eyes. It’s surprising what details you will see that you have previously walked by every day for months—maybe even years. In addition to making basic updates to attract buyers, it’s easy to take your spring cleaning to the next level. Here are four important spring cleaning tasks that may not be on your normal to-do list.
Check for roof dams and remove any debris on the roof.
Autumn may be the season of falling leaves, but somehow trees seem to lose a lot of twigs, branches, buds, and pollen pods through the early months of the year. As you’re inspecting the outside of your home this spring, don’t forget to look up. Clear both the drains and the roof itself of any and all debris—safely, of course! In addition to making the curb appeal of your home look great, it will help prevent any backups that could lead to water under the house.
Check for water under the house.
Communities around North Carolina have seen several 100-year flooding events in just the last few years alone. Chances are, heavy April showers will continue farther into May and June this year. If you haven’t been checking under your house regularly for water already, now is the best time to start. If you see dampness or leaks beginning to leach through your foundation, take care of the issue immediately! Among other things, dampness under the house can lead to mold and mildew issues that are difficult to resolve.
Inspect and repair damages to the drywall.
You likely don’t spend much time engaging with the walls of your home on a daily basis. However, it’s easy for drywall to get damaged when you’re shuffling your portrait wall, moving bulky furniture, or house training a new pet. If you spot holes, dents, scratches, or other damage to your walls, go ahead and patch and repaint them. Clean, clear, and fresh walls go a long way to improving the experience of seeing your home for the first time.
Spiff up the front entry by repainting steps and railings.
A clean, pretty doorway sets the tone for a guest’s entire visit! Definitely spend some time cleaning or updating your welcome mat, potted plants, and seasonal decor. You can even take this a step further and repaint the front door for fresh, clean look. But while you’re cleaning, take note of the steps and railings. Could they benefit from a deep clean, repainting, or repairs?
Of course, this is just a start. Your house is most likely your biggest investment and asset. Give your home some attention this spring and your efforts are sure to be paid back in the closing room.
All real estate is local. In order to make confident real estate decisions, we believe it is important for you to have timely and neighborhood-specific information. If you would like more information about buying a home in NC, our experts at EXP Realty are here to help. Contact us today to speak with a EXP agent about buying homes or land in North Carolina.