Pat Starnes Snippets: Top 10 Tips to Spring Clean Outside the Home

Top 10 Tips to Spring Clean Outside the Home

Spring is here and it's time to get outdoors. Many of us are ready for Spring Cleaning, and that includes the exterior of our homes.

While we were indoors this winter, the elements played havoc with our homes' exteriors. Here are 10 things you can do to enhance the value of your home and add curb appeal:

  1. Pressure wash the exterior. Clean the soffits and fascias, House Painter Standing on Ladder Cartoonsidewalks and driveways, porches and decks. The house will sparkle, and you may extend the life of your paint job.
  2. Paint the exterior of your home if needed, and replace any rotten wood. Seal and caulk around windows and doors.
  3. Clean the gutters. Not only should gutters be free of leaves, pine straw and other debris, they should be washed to remove mildew and grime.
  4. Freshen up those flower beds! As a flower lover, I have many blooming perennials around my home, but a seasonal pop of color and a fresh layer of mulch make flower beds more appealing.
  5. Wash your windows inside and out. The sun streaming into your home is glorious, but not if your windows are streaked and dingy. Grab some window cleaner and old newspapers and shine, shine, shine! (Tip: newspapers don't leave streaks)
  6. Let the fresh air in! While cleaning your windows, go the extra step and clean the windowsills. Open the windows to air out your home. Pet odor, smoke, and musty odors should be banished from the home.
  7. Wash your patio furniture and consider adding bright, colorful all-weather pillows and cushions.
  8. "Blue Handle In London Antique Brown Door Rusty Brass Nail And"Trim your shrubs and trees, but consult The Farmer's Almanac for the best time(s) to prune. You wouldn't want to cut the seasons' flowers off before they bloom!
  9. Use weed control on your lawn. Remove dead limbs. Rake and/or mulch spent leaves. Mow, edge flower beds, and blow off the driveway as needed.
  10. Pay attention to the front door. Add fresh paint or buy a colorful Spring wreath. Place an attractive pot of flowers near the front steps. 

Not only will following these tips add curb appeal, you'll add value to your home if you plan to sell. 


Top 10 Tips to Spring Clean Outside the Home

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Comment balloon 10 commentsPat Starnes-Front Gate Realty • March 14 2016 11:00AM


Great tips, so glad I don't have to worry about any of them being a renter.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 3 years ago

Good Tuesday morning Pat Starnes -

You have provided an excellent list of spring cleaning to dos!  We are ready to clean out windows and clean the Koi pond in the backyard.  My bride has the rest done and is ready to enjoy the backyard and patio area.

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) over 3 years ago

Nice list, Pat. (All done at my house, but not by me personally!)

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) over 3 years ago

Roger D. Mucci - I have tried both condo and apartment living, but found I need to have a little green space to satisfy my green thumb!

John McCormack - I've done most of the items on the list, too, (or like Nina Hollander - HAD it done!) Nina, some I've done myself, but the mowing, edging, and pressure washing I bring in reinforcements. :)

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) over 3 years ago

These are good tips, Pat. Whether one is selling or just living in their home your spring cleaning tips should make life a little better!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) over 3 years ago

Great tips, Pat.  I need to get busy doing all of them.  

Posted by Dana Tapia, Gulf Coast Real Estate Professionals (Re/Max of Orange Beach) over 3 years ago

It's never ending!  Not looking forward to the Spring cleaning, but I am looking forward to the Spring weather!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 3 years ago

Pat- spring is here and yes, it's time to do all of the things on your list, whether you're selling it or staying put!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 3 years ago

Fabulous tips Pat Starnes and my husband is already working on several of them.   He just can't wait for the warm weather to arrive and STAY  in Virginia !

Posted by DEANNA EARLY - - ( NMLS # 268590 ), Highest Ranked Mortgage Loan Originator Virginia (American National Bank & Trust) over 3 years ago

Deanna Early - You are so right about wanting warm weather to STAY! We had to pull out boots back out for the first day of Spring.

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) over 3 years ago

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