11 things you can do to get your home ready for Spring

This morning I woke up in sunny San Diego and heard a group of birds chirping right outside my window. We are super lucky in Point Loma because we have a local slough that is home to over 180 species of birds. Geese, egrets, and pelicans fly around our neighborhood and it feels like a scene out of Cinderella. However, the parrots are the favorite in our home. There is a flock of wild parrots that come around at springtime every year. It's hard to miss them; they are SUPER loud and they fly around in groups of what feels like 100. They like the trees outside our balcony and we love to watch them eat up all the seed pods. Anyway, all of that to say that Spring is Here! 

It's time to come out of hibernation and get our homes in tip top shape for the new season; the season of sunshine and gatherings. Why do people always say they're getting their homes ready for spring? What happens during spring? It's probably largely due to the fact that the real estate market revs up significantly during springtime, more than at any other time of year, so people would be getting their homes ready for the market and I think we all piggy backed on the idea. It's a good time to go through our home and take inventory of the things that need repair and do general maintenance. Here's a checklist of things you can do to make sure your home is fresh for spring. 

CLEAN

-Gutters
-Walls, baseboards, and outlets
-Faucets and shower heads (unscrew the faucet aerators, sink sprayers and shower heads, soak them in equal parts vinegar and water. Let them soak for an hour, then rinse with warm water).
-Dryer vent
-Exterior windows
-The grill
-Outdoor furniture
-Foundation vents (a house with a crawl space has vents along the foundation walls. The screens collect leaves and debris from fall and winter).

REPLACE

-Caulk and grout in bathroom (or clean it if that's all it needs)
-Filters (water, range hood, air vents)
-Smoke alarms and CO detectors. Change out batteries as needed. 

When selling your home, you may not necessarily want to do a major, expensive renovation project, but you can make minor repairs and improvements that will make your home look fresher to buyers. Things such as replacing the caulk and grout in your bathroom, updating old or rusted ceiling fans and light fixtures, and changing switch plates, doorknobs and other hardware give a clean and neat appearance. Consider painting your front door and trim even if your rooms don't need new paint.

Not a home owner? If you are renting an apartment, your list could look something like this:

-Deep clean your fridge and freezer
-Set the self cleaning timer on the oven; wipe it down when it's done
-De-grease the stove and hood (cover the area in baking soda, sprinkle vinegar on top, let it sit for about 30 minutes and then scrub with a steel wool pad)
-Have someone come and wash the carpets (they are expensive to replace if not cared for)
-Go through all of your clothing and take your donations to a local thrift shop
-Call the leasing office and have maintenance come and replace the batteries in your smoke detectors. 

Whether you are a home owner or not, taking care of the place where you live pays you back in dividends. It could ensure that you get all of your deposit back if you are a renter, or get you top dollar for your house when you decide to sell.

I am always here to help if you are ready to buy, ready to sell, or just have lots and lots of questions. Please don't hesitate to reach out. 

William