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Preparing Your Home’s Exterior for Spring

As promised, we are back today to continue with our series on preparing a home for sale during the transition from the winter into the spring. Today, we want to expand on some of the ideas explored in our introductory article, specifically the concept of preparing the outside.

When there’s snow on the ground, there’s only so much that can be done when it comes to sprucing up the yard. Mostly, you want to make sure that paths are clear, that ice is salted or chipped away, and that any attractive outside features are clear enough to view to those traipsing through the yard. As soon as the temperatures rise and the snow begins to melt, another story begins to take shape and you find yourself needing to contend with some previously out-of-the-way details.

Pet Leavings

If you’ve got a dog and a backyard, chances are good that they use it to go to the bathroom. During the winter, it is easy to just ignore the occasional mess from your pet, especially if it gets buried under another six inches of snow during the night. The downside is that, come spring, that business is back. If this might apply to you, head on out into your yard with a shovel or some bags and get to work clearing the space up for potential viewings.

The Thaw/Freeze Cycle

Warm days mean lots of melting snow, but at night it is likely going to dip back below freezing. This means that a walkway with a charming puddle at noon will become a death trap at midnight. If you’ve got viewings the following morning, this suddenly transforms into both an unwelcoming feature of your home’s exterior as well as a liability to you. Since it isn’t really possible to stop the snow from melting onto your sidewalk, take care of this issue by making sure walkways are sanded or salted after they freeze.


If your property has a garden, and if you are anything like the rest of us, there’s a good chance that you don’t fully clear out sticks, dead leaves, and expired plants at the end of the season. Yes, it is still cold out there, but if your garden is no longer under snow and is now greeting all potential buyers with a crop of decomposing flowers, consider putting on a jacket and a pair of work gloves and taking an hour or so to tidy the plot just a little. As well as making the exterior of your home more attractive, a clean garden is appealing to potential buyers as they’ll be able to imagine right away what they might want to plant without having to first contend with cleaning up after you.

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