Getting Your Home Spring Ready

Now that winter is winding down, it’s time to get your home “spring ready.” A little due diligence and easy preparation now can help you get a jump start on important details that will save time and money later, particularly if you’re planning on listing your home for the summer season.

Spring is definitely the perfect time to put your home on the market, and it tends to be the most popular time for potential buyers to start looking. Although the flowers may not be blooming yet, there are other ways to create curb appeal and allow your property to shine from the inside out and East End businesses can help.

It’s recommended to start with a complete clean-up. Too much of anything can be a distraction. This is a grueling project and will take a lot of patience and commitment, but in the end you will be happy you did it. Keeping décor simple is best, and creating open space is much more appealing to the eye.

Overwhelmed by the thought of de-cluttering?  If you’re in the need of extra assistance, A Votre Service!, a house cleaning and property management service, can really lend a hand and make life easier. A Votre Service! provides basic house cleaning services, in addition to spring cleaning, post-renovation cleanup, home organization window cleaning and handyman services, to name a few. Visit avshamptons.com for additional information.

While you’re in “clean-up” mode, call your local heating and air conditioning company to make sure your  heating/air conditioning units are working efficiently. This is a big selling point. If you’re renting out your house, maintenance is crucial. The quality of the air in your home directly effects healthy living, as allergies and asthma can be triggered by poor air quality. Filters, air ducts and airflow vents need constant attention. Locally, check out Matz-Rightway Heating and Air Conditioning (hamptonbayshvacservice.com) or Flanders Heating and Air Conditioning (flandershvac.com).

Plumbing issues can also have potential health side effects. Where there’s water or dampness, there will be mold and sometimes even toxic “black mold.” When it comes to mold problems, it’s best to address them immediately. Check out EnviroDuct NY (enviroductny.com), which offers an array of services including mold clean-up and prevention.

After using your fireplace all winter long to stay warm, chimneys always need a thorough cleaning and safety check. Advanced Chimney, Inc., advancedchimney.org, can clean and service your chimney in no time. Family owned and operated, Advanced Chimney Inc. is certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America, a member of the National Fire Protection Agency and a member of the National Chimney Sweep Guild.

At this point, the inside of the home is almost complete; however there are a few projects to consider like sprucing up your bathroom, new kitchen appliances, painting and lighting fixtures. Investing in any of these improvements will only add to the value and selling points of your home. Remember, a little bit of updating can go a long way for a potential renter. And for your state of mind.

After all the indoor cleaning, the weather has probably warmed up a bit and it’s time to move to the outdoors. Begin with a spring clean-up and preparation of flower beds. Again, if assistance or expert experience is needed, there’s a long list of great resources on the East End. Unlimited Earth Care (unlimitedearthcare.com), a landscape design company. Basic services include installation, transplanting, hedge care, pruning and fertilization, all with environmentally friendly products.

Fencing is always a well-worth investment. Whether you need to repair any damage that may have occurred over the winter or choose to install a new fence, East End Fence and Gate, eastendfenceandgate.com is a reputable choice.

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