Spring is in the air! Not only is this a great time for spring cleaning, but it’s also the best time to sell your home. Here are 10 helpful tips that will impress potential buyers.

1.Replace Popcorn Ceilings

Popcorn ceilings were to norm in homes built between 1950-1980. Unfortunately modern day home buyers aren’t a fan. Removing or covering the dated ceilings can be a headache but will increase the value of your home.

2.Apply Fresh Paint

A new coat of interior and exterior paint will dramatically improve the appearance of your home. This simple & cost effective project is a surefire way to give a fresh & clean feel to potential buyers. To appeal to the widest audience stick with neutral colors that are easy to coordinate with & choose an exterior color that compliments the color scheme of neighboring homes.

3.Focus on Floors

The walls, ceiling, and floors are what buyers pay closest attention to on showings, so it’s vital that they are as clean as possible. Steam clean your carpets, polish wood floors, and consider professional cleaning for tile or marble.

4.Make a Good First Impression

Tend to the curb appeal of your home. Consider replacing or painting the front door; if you have shutters, paint them to match. Clean and polish the door knob and fixtures, and dress up the entry with seasonal decorations such as flowers or a wreath.

5.Replace or Repair the Mailbox

An old or damaged mailbox is not only an eyesore but could also start a showing off on the wrong foot. Purchase a new one from a hardware store or major retailer. If you replace the post make sure it is 42” above the ground to meet federal regulations.

6.Maintain the Yard

Landscaping is a huge factor when buyers consider your home. Keep the lawn mowed, weed flowerbeds, and prune bushes. Planting small flowers around the yard is an inexpensive way to add a pop of color to your curb appeal.

7.De-Clutter

Keep only essentials & put anything else in storage or donate. Limit personal heirlooms and photos so buyers can envision themselves living in your home. Not only will your home feel cleaner and larger but will save you time during the packing process.

8.Let in the Light

Wash the windows inside and out, clean the curtains & blinds, dust any light fixtures and replace any burnt-out bulbs. Well light rooms feel warmer & more inviting.

9.Deep Clean the Kitchen & Bath

Wipe down or paint cupboards, clean tile grout, clear counters. Re-caulk around the tubs, showers & sinks. Make sure no mold is present.

10.Stage the Backyard

The backyard is usually the last part of a showing so make sure they end on a good note. Get rid of any clutter, power wash the deck & fence (stain if necessary) Pull any dying plants and take down outdoor storage that is in rough shape.