It’s finally starting to feel like spring in New England, and the market is heating up, too. Before things get too hectic, now is the perfect time to help your clients get poised and ready to sell with these simple curb appeal tips.

Take Notes
It’s been a long winter, and many of us have spent the last two months buried in snow. Take some time to walk around your property and record everything that needs to be updated or fixed. Winter weather can have long and unusual effects, and you don’t want to forget to address any issues. Don’t forget to look up during your walk – make sure your gutters and roof haven’t been damaged!

Start Outside
The first thing a prospective buyer sees is the exterior of your home, so spend some time sprucing it up. Pick up any large debris left behind from the winter.  Take care of your lawn, and reseed it if you need to. If you can, invest in fresh landscaping. Even small investments, like window boxes, will go a long way. Trim any hedges that have overgrown and get rid of any plants that didn’t make it through the season. Don’t forget to get rid of pesky salt stains! You can easily rent a pressure washer at your local home improvement store.

Pay Attention to Details
Once you’ve taken care of the most visible issues, focus on the details. Replace or upgrade any light fixtures that need attention.  Add a pop of color with a new coat of paint or with colorful planters by the front door. Freshen up the paint trim around the front door and windows. Make sure your house number is visible and eye catching so potential buyers know where to find you.

Now that you’re on a roll, don’t stop outside! Bring the spring cleaning indoors to really impress buyers. Make sure the entryway is spotless and change out seasonal décor. Move furniture and dust in those hard to reach places. Make it easy for prospective buyers to imagine their own lives and families in this space by removing visible clutter and simplifying.