It’s been a wild and woolly winter, which may have left your outdoor areas feeling a little unloved.
We know that during winter, curling up on the couch is more inviting than cleaning the gutters in the rain, but now is the time to “spring” into action and make sure your home is in pristine condition to attract buyers!
Here are our top outdoor jobs you should do to prepare…
Have windows professionally cleaned
It’s crazy how much dirt and grime can build up on windows after wet weather. So, it’s always a good idea to have them professionally cleaned, not just as it looks nicer – clean windows also let more natural light in!
Once the windows are clean and sparkling, don’t forget to open the blinds and pull back the curtains during home open inspections to let as much light in as possible. It can instantly transform your home from gloomy and pokey to light and bright!
Clean pavers and decking
Just like windows, pavers and decking can be left looking a bit grubby after the winter rain.
Give buyers a good first impression by cleaning your paving with a high-pressure cleaner to blast away dirt and grime. For your deck, give it a once over with a deck scrubbing broom, cleaner and hose and then re-oil it to get it looking as good as new. It will help potential buyers envision spending their sunny days, outside.
Clear gutters and check downpipes
Yes – it’s that time again! If winter left your gutters full of gunk, it’s time to get out the ladder and remove any leaves and debris. Be sure to check your downpipes for any leaks, blockages or rust as you go.
Spruce up the garden
Most of us are guilty of neglecting our garden over the cooler months, but it’s time to get it in check.
Start off by raking up any leaves or fallen debris that may be preventing sunlight from getting through to your lawn and plants.
Make a good first impression on potential buyers by pruning your garden so it looks healthy and well-maintained. In saying this, don’t prune back your garden too much – you don’t want it to look bare. Then mulch the garden beds to freshen them up and help them thrive.
Look after your lawn
Most lawns are built in autumn, prior to the onset of winter. But, if you missed this opportunity, there are still some things you can do to help it look as healthy as possible.
Fertilise your lawn with some lawn feed where it needs it, and pull out lawn runners that may have crept into your garden beds over the winter. Remove any weeds that may have sprouted through.
Sometimes heavy rains begin to compact the lawn, which is when you start to see bare patches. Aerate your lawns lightly with a pitchfork where needed.
Finish by mowing and edging the lawn. Voila!