Shake off winter with these 6 easy tips to Get Your Home Ready for Spring
Winter is soon ending here in Salt Lake City, and of course, the rest of the country. (Except for Florida and Arizona… they never had winter to begin with) This means the snow is melting, the ground is thawing, and you finally have the opportunity to tackle some much-needed home improvement projects. Everyone’s house could use some sprucing up, especially after a long winter, and much of it can be done on a budget. If you’d like to give your house a spring makeover, try these wallet-friendly tips:
Wash Siding & Sidewalks
With the change of seasons — especially in spring and fall — all homeowners should survey the condition of their home’s siding, roof, and windows. A winter’s worth of grime coating the exterior of your house is as obstructive as it is just plain unsightly and gross. You can easily clean vinyl siding by renting a pressure washer, which can cost as little as $25. While you have it, use that sucker on concrete sidewalks and driveways as well to wash away evidence of the salt and sand you used to battle ice all winter long.
Freshen Up Door & Trim Paint
A can of paint is relatively cheap, but the difference it can make is night and day. Repainting the front door and trim gives the whole house a clean, new look, in addition to seal the wood against moisture damage. While driving down the street, homes with a newly painted front door stick out. It’s bright, clean, and has great curb appeal. In fact, if you’re working with me to sell your home in Salt Lake City, repainting the front door is one of the first things I’l recommend that you do to improve your curb appeal. If you have a wood porch or deck, spring is also a good time to reseal it. I know, fun stuff!
Let the Potted Plants Loose
The ground is often too cold and unreliable for planting until late April or May in Salt Lake City, and even then you’ll have to keep an eye out for late frosts. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still add some touches of greenery and color to your front yard and porch. Instead, set your potted plants outside to soak in the fresh air and ample sunlight of the lengthening days. (Still, watch the forecast for signs of frost, and carry in your delicate plants when necessary.)
Buy Fresh Cut Flowers
While your house plants are enjoying the outdoors, fill the flora void by picking up some cheap flowers from the local florist. Even a cheap bouquet from the grocery store can be parsed and put into light-colored vases or simple glass jars and placed around your home — end tables, windowsills, the kitchen table, and anywhere else that could use a lively boost.
Pack Up Clutter
Winter winds are fading, and with them the need for thick blankets on every surface of your living room. Leave a few blankets available, but pack most away until fall. While you’re folding those up, make one last survey around the house for forgotten Christmas or holiday decor that missed its tote when the tree came down. Removing as much unnecessary clutter as you can will make your house feel bigger and let you breathe easier. Making your home feel bigger is a great way to get your home ready for spring.
Ditch the Drapes
Heavy drapery helps to block out cold winter drafts, but they also block sunlight and invigorating spring breezes. Try sheer or minimalistic window treatments to let more natural light in and give your space a fresh look.
Written by Sam Radbil, a contributing member of the marketing and communications team at ABODO, an online apartment marketplace. ABODO was founded in 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin. And in just three years, the company has grown to more than 30 employees, and helps more than half a million renters find a new home each month.
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About the Author: The above article 6 Steps to Get Your Home Ready for Spring is provided by Dustin Brohm, a leader in the field of Real Estate sales, marketing, smart home technology, and social media. He is also the host & creator of a new local show called Salt Lake Insider, found on YouTube and Facebook, and HERE on this blog.
Dustin can be reached via email at [email protected] or by phone at 801-455-8753. Dustin has helped many people buy and sell homes in the Salt Lake City area for years.
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