Whether you are considering selling your home or just want to freshen things up, Spring is the perfect time to deep clean and improve your home’s energy efficiency and welcoming appeal. Here are a few ideas to help you get started.

  1. PLANT TREES AND SHRUBBERY AROUND YOUR HOUSE. Spring is the perfect time for gardening. Planting trees and shrubbery is a great way to spruce up the property, and keep in mind that trees on the west side will also provide shade for the home. There’s really nothing like a little landscaping to improve your home’s curb appeal so have fun and don’t forget to water!

  2. CLEAN ALLERGEN-PRONE AREAS THOROUGHLY. Dust and allergens can start to collect and get out of control especially behind couches, under beds, and in closets and basements. Addressing these areas with a thorough cleaning will not only help you feel better about your home but also have a tremendous positive impact for those sensitive to allergens.

  3. IMPROVE THE LIGHTING IN AND AROUND YOUR HOME. This is an easy and cost-effective way to transform gloomy areas into bright and welcoming spaces. Try using more shear curtains or adding lamps and light fixtures with efficient L.E.D. bulbs. You might also hire a contractor to add recessed lighting over decorated areas, in showers, or over porches and patios.

  4. ENSURE THAT YOUR HOME IS PROPERLY INSULATED. Through a long winter we often notice areas in our homes that could benefit from improved insulation. Insulation through the attic and walls of the home controls the heat coming into the home in summer and out of the home in winter. If your home is well insulated, less energy is used to heat and cool your house. Consider having the home inspected for proper insulation and remember that the cost of better insulation is often recouped quickly in energy savings.

  5. INSPECT AND CLEAN THE EXTERIOR OF YOUR HOME. Winter can be hard on a home’s exterior and seemingly small issues can go unnoticed until they cause bigger problems. Take time to walk around your home and look for potential problems. Here are a few things to review: clean and fix gutters, power wash siding and brick, ensure outdoor faucets are functional, remove roof debris, re-caulk window seams.

  6. UPGRADE OR REPLACE OLD WINDOWS. While replacing windows has the stigma of being expensive, old windows may be costing you more in the long run! Upgrading or replacing old windows will limit airflow from inside to outside. Stopping this airflow makes your home and budget run more efficiently, not to mention new windows will also improve the appearance of your home inside and out.

Spring is a time where things start to move and grow. Use this season to bring life and energy back to your home, you’ll be very glad you did!

If you are considering putting your home on the market, Mike Thomas Associates Realtors® can help you at every stage, from setting a price to marketing the property and closing the sale. With offices in Fort Wayne, Auburn, Angola, and LaGrange, we are your local real estate experts in Northeast Indiana. Call (260) 489-2000 to speak with an agent.

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