As soon as the weather begins to warm up, it's time to start getting your yard ready for spring! By clearing out the harsh winter damage and preparing for the new growing season, everything will be ready to enjoy the outdoors all season long.


Yard cleanup. 

Start by raking up any remaining leaves that survived the winter, and laying down mulch in your flower beds and beneath the hedges. A thin layer of mulch will protect plants from drought and keep weeds at bay. Turn your outside faucets back on, checking for damage. If you plan on hiring a lawn care service to maintain your property and mow your lawn, now is the time to renew your annual contract.


The gutters. 

Your gutters control the flow of rainwater on your house, protecting your roof, siding and foundation. Clogged gutters can cause a roof to leak or water to infiltrate your house. Clean them at least twice a year (or more frequently, depending on how many trees surround your property and hang over your roof). Also, check for damage. If you clean them yourself, be careful on that ladder. 


Lawns and hedges. 

Reseed your lawn, filling in bald patches before the summer heat. Plant your perennials, and give them plenty of water. Later in the spring, when the grass turns bright green again and the lilacs bloom, it is time to fertilize the lawn, although you may not need to fertilize as much as you think.


Consider outdoor home improvement projects. 

Many contractors are busier than bees during the summer months. Now is the time to lock them in for your outdoor home improvement projects. If you have plans to build an outdoor living area or paint the fence, get bids now so you can schedule the jobs for the months ahead of summer.


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Spring is one of the best times of the year to list your home on the market. Here are four tips to help you list your home in time for spring:

1. Hire an experienced Realtor. The first step in preparing your home for the spring market is hiring an experienced real estate agent. Your realtor will be your guide throughout the process of getting your home ready for listing, showing your home to potential buyers, and finalizing the sale.

2. Prioritize repairs and improvements. Minor repairs and home improvements can renew the look of your home and increase your property appeal to potential buyers. Prioritization is key to successfully completing everything before your home is listed on the market.

3. Clean, declutter, and stage your home. Potential buyers want to be able to envision themselves living in your home. Tidying your yard, planting some flowerbeds. Removing any junk, and washing your windows works wonders.

4. Organize your paperwork. Having all your paperwork together will help speed the process of the sale and allow buyers to address any questions before the deal is finalized. Any instructions, warranties, and rental agreements you have for the equipment in your home will be very important for your buyers to understand and keep for their records. 

Let us know if you are wondering if it is the right time to sell this spring. We would love to discuss your hopes and plans - even if you are not quite sure what you want to do.



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