Here are a few spring cleaning tips to help give your home a shiny, new look - especially if it's on the market:
l Power wash the outside of the house. If you have loose, peeling, cracking paint, you’ll need to have the place painted.
l Power wash the windows outside and clean them on the inside.
l Clean out gutters and replace if they’re rusty, bent or look old and in disrepair.
l Rake up leaves and dead vegetation and dispose of it.
l Keep the lawn mowed. Make sure sidewalks and walkways are edged neatly.
l Get rid of weeds, dandelions and grass growing up through the driveway or sidewalks.
l Trim trees so that no limbs are touching the roof.
l Put bikes, skateboards and scooters in the garage.
l Trim back unruly, unkempt bushes.
l Install low-wattage ground lights along the front walkway.
l Plant bright-colored flowers and keep them watered and looking beautiful. Remove wilted dead blooms religiously.
l Give your front door a fresh coat of paint or replace it.
l Replace the mailbox.
l Apply large, clearly visible house numbers to the front of your house.
l Keep garbage barrels in the garage out of sight.
l Power wash your deck or patio and sand and stain if necessary.