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Time to Trade Up: Tips on Sprucing Up Your Home for the Spring Real Estate Market

By Eleanor Boschert

The warmer season is coming (slowly), and if you are itching to move or trade up then you'll want to maximize your curb appeal while taking care of business both inside and outside your home. Here are tips on what to do to clean up, fix up, and scale down before you put your home on the market.

  • Paint
    Perhaps nothing on this list looks nicer (or costs less) than a fresh coat of paint. Scrub down walls, frames, doors, windows, and slap on a soothing neutral color. If you can't afford to paint the entire exterior of your home, identify areas that need a spot touch up or stick to shutters, trim, or gutters.
  • Repair
    Take care of the average wear and tear on a home. Fill in cracks in walls, doors, floors. Patch in holes. Check around doors and windows for drafts. Check to see if your faucets leak. Are all the electrical outlets working?
  • Remove
    Removing clutter makes a space look bigger and brighter. Re-arrange furniture to create a more spacious layout. This makes it easier for buyers to imagine their own furnishings in your home.
  • Replace
    Although every home has something that doesn't work, nobody wants buy a home that needs too much work. Replace broken windowpanes, woodwork, trim and molding, cracked tiles. Add aesthetic touches by replacing knobs, faucets, and towel bars.
  • Check and Inspect
    They keep your home running, so conduct maintenance on all your systems. Do a comprehensive check of your heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical systems. Also, check the roof and gutters for loose shingles, holes, and debris.
  • Clean and Shine
    After a long winter, it's time to dust off the cobwebs and scrub down every surface to help make your home appear more attractive and livable. Wax floors, bleach tiles and grout, steam clean rugs and upholstery.
  • Showcase
    It can be worth it to invest a few bucks upfront to garner a larger asking price in the end. Showcasing something as simple as new window treatments, bathroom linens, brighter lights, fresh rugs, and artwork can make you home stand out.
  • Landscape
    You want to make a good first impression with your yard and landscaping. Plant some new bushes and brightly colored flowers. Tidy, cut, and trim your yard and trees. Fill in dirt patches and holes, then re-seed.
  • Upgrade
    If you don't want your interior to look dated and you're looking to invest a little more cash, then repair or restore finishes. Buy new appliances or furniture. Update and upgrade any systems that need work. It will pay off in the end.
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