If you’re thinking about selling your home this summer, there are a few home maintenance tasks you should tackle before you put it on the market. This guide explains.
9 Spring Home Maintenance Tasks to Tackle Before You List Your Home
Check out nine of the most important spring home maintenance tasks you should handle before you put your home on the market.
- Clean your gutters and downspouts
- Inspect your roof
- Check your siding
- Service your HVAC system
- Check windows and doors
- Clean your deck or patio
- Test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms
- Prep your lawn and garden
- Check your chimney and fireplace
The following sections explain each.
Spring Home Maintenance Task #1: Clean your gutters and downspouts
Spring is the perfect time to clean your gutters and downspouts. When you clean them, remove any debris that may have accumulated over the winter, including leaf litter and anything that’s left over from monsoon season. Cleaning out your gutters and downspouts can help prevent them from becoming damaged and keep your home looking its best, and when a prospective buyer gets a home inspection, the inspector will note that they are clean and in good condition.
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Spring Home Maintenance Task #2: Inspect your roof
Many roofing companies offer free roof inspections, so take advantage of them. Have someone come out and check your roof for signs of damage, wear and tear, or old age. If the inspector discovers that you need roof repairs, make them before you list your home for sale. Then, your agent can say that your roof has been recently repaired, which may be a selling point.
Spring Home Maintenance Task #3: Check your siding
If you’re home has siding on it, check to ensure that it’s in good condition before you list your home for sale. Make sure there aren’t any gaps and that it all looks good so prospective buyers get a favorable first impression before they even set foot inside your home.
Spring Home Maintenance Task #4: Service your HVAC system
Spring is the perfect time to have your HVAC system service to make sure it’s in good working order. This can help improve your home’s energy efficiency and give you a good idea about how much longer the system will last. Your real estate agent can even mention the system’s age and the last time it was serviced in your real estate listing, which can help buyers make a sound decision.
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Spring Home Maintenance Task #5: Check windows and doors
Make sure the sealant around your windows and doors is in good shape, and check them for damage or wear and tear. Replace damaged or worn out weather stripping or caulking, which helps keep your home insulated and energy efficient. It also shows buyers that you’ve taken the time to perform basic maintenance.
Spring Home Maintenance Task #6: Clean your deck or patio
If you have a deck or patio, make sure it’s clean and ready to help you sell your home. Over the winter, your porch or patio may have accumulated a layer of dust, dirt and grime. Clear all that off so buyers can see your deck or patio as an extension of your home, and thereby consider it extra living space.
Spring Home Maintenance Task #7: Test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms
Run through your home and test all the smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. This is for your own good as well as for prospective buyers. Usually, it’s pretty simple to test these alarms; just press a button and wait for the sound.
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Spring Home Maintenance Task #8: Prep your lawn and garden
Curb appeal is incredibly important when you’re trying to sell your home, so you need to make sure your lawn and garden look their best. Prospective buyers will start forming a first impression of your home before they even set foot inside, which means everything outside needs to be clean, neat and tidy.
Spring Home Maintenance Task #9: Check your chimney and fireplace
If you have a fireplace, hire an inspector to come out and make sure everything’s in good working order. As with other types of inspections, your real estate agent can mention that it’s been recently inspected in your listing and you’ll have the peace of mind you need.
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