Whether you’re putting your house on the market or just want to give it a facelift for the summer, spring is a perfect time to get outside and engage in some home maintenance tasks that can reverse the wear and tear of a rough winter to get your house back to looking its best.
Repair Roof and Gutters
Keeping your roof and gutters in good condition is important both aesthetically and practically. The roof will be one of the first things potential buyers notice about your home, and if it’s missing shingles or dingy from decades of weathering Minnesota winters, it will make a bad first impression. Like it or not, how well you take care of your roof signals how well you take care of the rest of your house. Keeping gutters clear and your roof in good repair is also important for the maintenance of your home. Clogged gutters or missing shingles increase the risk of leaks and flooding, leading to more serious damage.
Fix Up the Front Door
Your front door is another thing that will make the first crucial impression on potential buyers. If the paint is weather-beaten and chipping away, visitors will expect the interior of your home to be equally as shabby. Repaint and re-grout the door if it’s showing signs of wear. Re-grouting can also help you save money on A/C costs this summer by reducing the amount of cool air that can escape through cracks around your door.
Sparkling clean windows not only brighten your home by admitting more sunlight, but can help you save money on heating costs, too. For those chilly mornings in early spring, after you’ve turned off your heat for the season but before it’s warm enough to turn on the A/C, a little sunlight can be a welcome source of warmth.
Spruce Up the Exterior
Now’s the perfect time for that fresh coat of paint you’ve been long considering, or to re-stain your backyard deck or front porch. A gallon of paint or wood stain is an inexpensive investment, but can make a huge difference by literally lifting years off the house’s appearance.
A well-maintained lawn can take a home’s curb appeal from “nice” to “wow!” When the weather’s finally nice enough to get outside, spend a weekend sprucing up your landscaping. Mow the lawn, trim any hedges or shrubbery, and replant flowers. Make sure to clear any branches and debris from the area around your air conditioning unit. While you’re at it, take the opportunity to make sure your sprinkler system is in good operating condition so your lawn stays lush and green all summer long—or consider installing a sprinkler system if you don’t have one already.