Summer is so close you can practically smell it! The days have grown longer, and both the days and nights are becoming warmer. These signs mean it’s almost time to get out your grill and spend some time freshening up your property.
Whether you are prepping for a real estate listing or planning to spend your summer relaxing on your deck, doing some work now will be both productive and fulfilling. Here are some great tips to help you get your property ready for summer while reaping the benefits.
1. Refresh your Garden and Prepare to Plant
Now is the perfect time to dig out your garden tools and put on your wellies. Being surrounded by nature and helping to nurture new growth can be both deeply rewarding and productive. Also, if you’re planning to sell your property, create a great first impression with a well-cared-for garden.
It’s time to remove any remaining dead leaves and plant stalks from your garden, prepare your soil for new plants, or help existing ones flourish. Add a thin layer of mulch and compost to freshly tilled topsoil, taking care not to disturb bulbs and freshly sprouted shoots. Consider planting seeds or seedlings for plants that can handle cooler weather, such as lettuce, kale, and radishes.
Weed your flower beds, and add some cedar chips to help keep weeds at bay throughout the season. Chips also add a polished finish to your beds and help keep moisture from evaporating.
If you don’t have a garden, consider adding some potted plants to your back deck, front porch, or steps to brighten up your exterior. A potted indoor herb garden will also provide you and your family with fresh herbs at your fingertips and look lovely during your real estate agent’s open houses.
2. Give your BBQ a Deep Clean
Even the cooler days and evenings of spring motivate many people to fire up their BBQs. There’s nothing like the taste and smell of grilled meats and veggies. Give your BBQ a thorough clean by first setting it to high heat for about 10 minutes. In this way, last season’s sticky leftovers will more easily scrape off, and you’ll be left with a clean surface to start the grilling season off right. If your burners or drip tray also need a refresh, let the BBQ cool completely before removing them.
3. Clean out your Gutters and Inspect your Roof
While April showers bring May flowers, they can also bring flooding to properties with cluttered gutters or leaking roofs. If you have the safety expertise and equipment, now is the time to clean out last year’s leaves and other debris gathered in your gutters.
While you’re up there, have a quick look at the state of your roof and any attachments such as antennas, skylights, or chimneys to make sure they’re in good shape. Check your shingles and flashing to make sure they haven’t lifted and if necessary, call an expert to help you figure out if any repairs are required.
4. Repair your Driveway and Paths
A cold winter can wreak havoc with the integrity of your driveway or stone path. Extreme cold can cause cracking and even heaving to the concrete or rocks. Spring is a good time make these necessary repairs if needed. To get a clear picture of their condition and whether you’ll need professional help, sweep away any accumulated debris and take a walk over their surfaces. A tidy front driveway or walkway will go a long way to making a great first impression for potential buyers and add to the safety of your family.
These tips will help you get your property ready for a summer sale. Or you can enjoy your outdoor spaces as soon as it turns warm. Contact a reputable and knowledgeable real estate professional to learn more about preparing and listing your home during this hot market.