Spring has arrived in Wisconsin, and it’s time to get your house in order. Welcome to part 1 of my Spring checklist series for homeowners! To get the outside of your home in tip-top shape this season, follow these simple steps:

  1. Winter storms can wreak havoc on a house’s exterior. Carefully walk the perimeter of your house and look for any problem areas that may have come up during those harsh winter months. Check the weather stripping and caulking around windows and doors, and look for any loose or broken shingles. Replace or fix anything that needs tending.
  2. Get primed for the beauty of spring by ensuring you have a landscape you can work with. First, clean out your gutters and downspouts. Then, if you no longer have snow on the ground in your area, rake the leaves, remove debris, and trim any fallen tree limbs. You might also consider power washing concrete, paved areas, vinyl siding, and brick walls to rinse away winter’s dirt.
  3. Nothing says spring quite like relaxing outdoors. Help potential buyers imagine themselves enjoying the warm months ahead by sprucing up your patio. Uncover or unpack your furniture. Scrub the cushions, wash the tables and chairs, and remove any rust that may have accumulated on metal services. Clean your rugs, replace any busted patio lights, and give your grill a thorough scrubbing.
  4. Revitalize your lawn and gardens. Trim overgrown shrubs and bushes, and pull out any late winter weeds. You should also protect your plants from upcoming spring storms (and give your gardens an updated look) by spreading fresh mulch around any flower beds and landscaped areas.
  5. You may also want to make your walkway more inviting by placing a few potted pansies (or another of your favorite spring flowers) near the front steps. Fresh buds and bright colors will catch a potential buyer’s eye from the moment they pull up to your drive. Make the most of that first impression!

And, if you still can’t see your lawn through the mounds of snow, don’t despair. Use this time to get organized. Nothing gets you ready for spring faster than planning your spring gardens!