Summer’s right around the corner. It’ll be here any day now, and sadly with the COVID-19 pandemic still very much a major limiter in all our lives, many normal summer plans are on hold for now. Yet this doesn’t mean you have to sit and sulk! There’s plenty to do around the house in the summer, especially if you’re interested in selling your home. In fact, here are some of the best and home maintenance tips you should follow this summer, next summer, or any other in the future where your home is on the market!
More Than Just Cutting the Lawn
Curb appeal is a real thing. It plays a major role in home sales, and it’s something you simply cannot ignore. Unlike other seasons like winter, where you can rely on a blanket of snow covering an otherwise shabby-looking lawn, summer puts your landscaping on display for all to see. When a prospective buyer rolls up to your property for a showing or even when they look at a picture of your listing online, untidy outside space can be a real turn-off!
That’s why upkeep on your outside spaces is so crucial for your success. It goes further than just keeping the lawn from getting too unruly, though; curb appeal encompasses landscaping for flower beds, trees, and bushes, getting your siding looking good, and otherwise making the outside of your home welcoming and presentable. With the coronavirus outbreak keeping us all at home anyway, now’s the perfect time to hit the front yard and get it in fighting shape!
Clean and Safe, Inside and Out
You don’t need us to tell you that you need to keep your house as clean and spotless as possible when you’re trying to sell it. That’s never going to change, after all! But today, “clean” takes on a whole different meaning with COVID-19. It’s no longer enough to have a house look neat and tidy; it also needs to be disinfected much more thoroughly to safeguard your health, the health of your family, and the health of your realtor and any prospective buyers they bring buy to see your property.
Cleaning for disinfection isn’t easy. Thankfully, you don’t have to do it on your own or without any guidance. Relying on a good list of coronavirus cleaning tips, especially one that takes into account the home selling process, can act as a great starting point. At the same time, don’t forget that safe also means well-maintained. If you’re looking to sell your home, make sure your major appliances like your refrigerator, stove, and washer/dryer are all in good working order. You should spend some time maintaining your HVAC systems as well, especially when it comes to replacing filters! Clean, fresh air is a must, after all.
Consistency Is Key
Finally, keep one last thing in mind: stay on top of your maintenance throughout the summer. Keeping on a consistent maintenance schedule ensures that no problems go too long without being noticed and dealt with, that solutions to any issues are generally more affordable and easier to implement, and that your home looks move-in ready any time, day or night. Keep these maintenance tips in mind and you’ll be sitting pretty this summer for sure!