Today is the first day of SPRING!
Whether you’re thinking about putting your house on the market anytime soon or not, early spring is the best time to take action on home improvement projects. With all the rainy weather we’ve been experiencing in the Bay Area and beyond it would be safe to say most of us have probably neglected our yards. And if we’re being really honest, parts of the home inside could use some attention as well, such as the storage areas that become a catch-all for junk.
Around here we are experiencing very fickle weather, lots of rain, a day or two of sunshine and then more rain. That means it’s a perfect time to start planting the seeds for spring and summer blooms. If you have time, take advantage of the random sunny days, and get outside! And on those wet days try tackling project 3. You’ll be glad you did this summer when you are reaping the rewards of getting an early start on your spring cleaning. Happy spring to you!
1. UPDATE YOUR CURB APPEAL
Curb appeal is crucial because it’s the first impression, sets the tone for the rest of the home, and yields high returns on investments. The National Association of Realtor’s “Remodeling Impact Report: backs this up with data suggesting that landscaping projects often bring in higher sales and prices. Homes that did a landscaping upgrade saw returns of investments above 100%. Be sure to pay attention to the driveway, front door, and front walkway. Trim bushes, re-mulch, and clear out dead foliage or grass and replace it with flowering plants. You want the plants to look cohesive and engaging. Choose a mix of evergreen and perennials and seasonal blooms.
2. UPGRADE THE PATIO OR DECK
If curb appeal is the first impression, the back deck or patio and backyard is the last impression. Leave your guests or potential home buyers with a positive last impression. Be sure the patio or deck is in excellent condition and clean. If a whole new deck is needed, you can rest assured your return of investment is above 100% according to The National Association of REALTORS® “Remodeling Impact Report.”
3.TACKLE THE STORAGE AREAS
Get organized in the garage, basement, and attic. These areas become a catch-all for junk and require attention rather than cash investment. Install shelving and hanging brackets for bikes and large sporting goods. Trash the junk and sell or donate what can’t be organized neatly. These areas should look spacious and clean. It will help your home sell faster for more and at the same time save you a headache when it’s time to move.