When we think of spring cleaning, we often think of the indoors. The term comes from having to clean out a home after the winter in preparation of spring celebrations and festivals, which often had a very social aspect. And indeed, spring does often result in more people coming around to each other’s homes, shedding the desire to stay indoors during the winter and taking advantage of the warm weather. But spring cleaning should include the outdoors, especially if you’re planning on selling your home. Here are a few things to do to help with your outdoor spring cleaning list of chores.
1. Time to Grab a Doggy Bag
If you own a dog or pet that spends time outdoors, you will probably have to begin your spring cleaning rituals by cleaning up any waste you see lying around. Thankfully, dogs will often use similar places to do their business, but unfortunately, they can bury it in the snow. That’s why, no matter how much you try, you’ll still find more once the snow starts to melt.
2. Get to the Gutters
With the spring thaw comes a lot of excess water coming down through your gutters, dragging with it mud, dirt, leftover leaves, and more. Even if you cleaned your gutters in the fall, your gutters will probably still have some surprises, which is why you should get up there and clean them again. Make no mistake: cleaning your gutters is absolutely essential in the fall as well, and it makes the spring cleanup a lot faster and easier if you do.
3. A Quick Mow to Get Things Started
Once your grass has started to grow and all of the snow has melted, you can give the lawn a quick mow. Doing so will help your grass grow more evenly and give your whole yard a much more manicured and professional look. The first mowing should be done on the highest setting possible. Doing so will also reveal any dead spots on your lawn that you can take care of as the spring rolls in.
4. Fix the Trimmings
Everything from fencing to trim to pots and planters should be thoroughly inspected in the spring, and replaced or fixed as soon as possible. Fences are a commonly inspected part of a home during a sale as they are expensive and somewhat annoying to fix (it isn’t the best way to meet a new neighbour), so doing it before you start to show a home is the ideal way to avoid this deal breaker.
Spring cleaning is an important part of any regular home maintenance. But when you’re selling a home, it’s a particularly important thing to do, especially when it comes to the outdoors. By doing thorough spring cleaning, you can get your yard looking its best and help your home sell faster, with fewer hangups, and maybe even for more than you thought.