A Fresh Spring Cleaning - Something That Should Never Change!

Real Estate Agent with WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group CT RES.0785956

snow in recessionYou know, with all that snow now melted away and saturating the ground, with the sun now beaming warmly upon us up here in the northeast corner of the U.S., it certainly is a time for some positive changes to occur for all homeowners - and especially for those who are, or have been, attempting to sell in these tough economic times.

Spring cleaning is a yearly ritual for many, no matter where in the U.S you may live. Without fail, the rakes and hoes come back out to clear the way for a fresh spring garden, the hoses are ready to wash away the dirt and dust of a long cold winter from our cars and houses so they can look spring fresh.

Indeed, not only for all homewoners, but especially for those whose houses are currently on the market, or whose houses will be on the market within the next several weeks, this is the perfect opportunity for you to use the yearly ritual of spring cleaning to give your home a fresh jump on your competition by increasing your home's curb appeal.

Getting rid of any algae growing on the roof before and afterwith a power washer and bleach can help keep older roofs looking in excellent shape. You don't even have to hire a professional to do it - not unless you physically can't and have no one else to do it for you - all you need is a power washer with a minimum psi of 2500 and either regular bleach or a special algae removing formula that you can purchase from any home supply store, such as Home Depot, True Value, or Lowe's.

Planting a flower bed around the perimeter of your home, or near the house, is an additional change that flowers near the houseyou may (or may not, depending on your taste) want to consider. I've been dying to plant one with an eclectic assortment of ribbon grasses, purple hyacinths, and white lilies covered with white marble chips, bordered by belgian block for years. Hopefully I'll get to it - if not this year, then certainly by next year. Adding even a small flower bed adds a nice touch and is definitely an eye catcher.

Adding a fresh coat of paint to the fence (if you have an old wood picket one) will make it look like new; cleaning your vinyl fences will help keep them fence in need of cleaninglooking spring fresh and are definietly an attractive feature for families with small children who are looking for a home.

Getting rid of any debris/junk/garbage that has been lying around should be a top priority. You can call your local refuse department to determine what day would be best for you to have all of it collected from one central location at your property.

No matter whether one is selling or not, spring cleaning is one ritual that should never change, because it always provides a fresh start for the remainder of the year and allows you to showcase your most important asset: your home!

Have a happy and productive fresh spring cleaning!

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Comments (11)

Matt Listro
National Credit Fixers - Matt Listro - Vernon, CT
Your Credit Repair Expert

Hi William: I think I may have to leave work early now and go clean up the house - I feel inspired!


Apr 08, 2009 05:35 AM
Rich Rogala
Consistent Clients - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Marketing Coach

Great reminder - whether or not you're planning to sell, keep on top of your home! Regular care pays off!

Apr 09, 2009 07:25 AM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

We just painted our bedroom and wiped out (cleaned), donated and moved on to our home office the next day. These are good tips for the consumer....and us :)

Apr 09, 2009 01:04 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

William--Good reminders for all of us whether we are home owners or real estate agents helping sellers to sell.  Good use of photos, too.

Apr 10, 2009 08:11 AM
Terry Chenier
Homelife Glenayre Realty - Mission, BC

Hi William.

Me too, I'm looking forward to cleaning up; still too cool though.

Apr 11, 2009 05:04 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

William, I am planning to add some flower beds around the front and back of the house.

Apr 12, 2009 06:55 AM
Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent

Hi William - great tips whether seling or staying put - just helps you feel better about everything when we tackle some of these.


Apr 12, 2009 12:00 PM
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

Those that are selling are already primed to do this.  It's those of us that are staying put that need the reminder.  Thanks for inspiring us.

Apr 12, 2009 01:51 PM
The Rains Team
Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners - Hoschton, GA
A higher standard in real estate

Hi William, These are excellent tips on small improvements you can do that make a big difference! I love spring cleaning and planting flowers--it's my favorite time of the year!!

Have a great day,

Anne Rains

Apr 14, 2009 08:34 AM
Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage - Brampton, ON
Our Family Wants To Help Your Family!

Hi William!  Thank you so much for the tip on power washing your roof!  We have that ugly green stuff on one of our overhangs that we can spot from our bedroom window, wondered how to get rid of it!  Will be giving your tip a try!

The things you find out in the rain! :)

Al & Peggy

Apr 14, 2009 10:55 AM
Linda Bourgault
lulugraphix-creative photography & fine art - Flower Mound, TX

Hi William—Excellent tipsfor everyone! Thanks for participating in the Spring Fresh PAWS contest. Good luck!

Apr 15, 2009 11:56 PM