Spring Home Maintenance Tips

PaintSpring is just around the corner, so we’d like to give you a few home maintenance tips to consider this coming season.

Seals and Trim: Check the seals and trim around your doors and windows to see if they need to be resealed, repaired, or replaced before the rainy season arrives. If moisture gets in, it could cause damage to the wood trim.

Paint: Exposed wood can rot, so if you notice any cracked or peeling paint, scrape it off and apply a fresh coat to protect the wood from the spring elements. 

Roofing: The weather can take a toll on your shingles. Take a look to see if there are any missing or damaged shingles that need to be replaced. Also, check the flashing on your chimney and skylight to see if it’s damaged. A roof in need of repair can mean water damage inside your home, so if you’re not sure what to look for, hire a professional to do an inspection.

Gutters: Clean out leaves and any debris from your gutters so they drain properly and work efficiently. Also, make sure the downspouts are angled away from the foundation.  

Driveways and Walkways: Look for cracks in your driveway and walkways and get them repaired. Smaller cracks are usually easier and less costly to repair, so take care of these once they are visible.

Soil: If you have any low areas next to your foundation or in your yard, add some soil to level out these areas. This will help prevent foundation damage, minimize insects, and reduce flooding caused by spring rains. 

AC Unit: Ask a professional to clean and service your outside air conditioning system. This will help with performance during the warm months. It could also help reduce your electric bill since the unit will be operating more efficiently.

Contact Coldwell Banker Islands Realty today for help with selling or buying a home on the Lake Champlain Islands!


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    Preparing Your Home for an Open House

    Home InteriorHere are a few ways to prepare your home for an open house and keep it show ready throughout the home selling process. You only get one chance to make a first impression, so make it count and portray your home in the best condition possible. These tips will help buyers see your home in a positive light and help sell your home for the best price in the shortest amount of time.


    Declutter every room in your home, including the closets. Put away small appliances, toys, pet bowls, and excess knick-knacks. You want the buyer to focus on your home, not your belongings. Stay on top of the laundry and the trash. On the outside, move cars out of the driveway and away from your house. Clear off the walkways and remove shoes, bicycles, and garden hoses.


    Remove family photos from the wall and take your kids drawings off the refrigerator to make it as easy as possible for buyers to envision themselves living in your home. Go ahead and pack up these items (this will give you less to do later).

    Clean up

    Show buyers that your home is move-in-ready. Clean your home inside and out so it’s in pristine condition. If needed, hire a professional cleaning service to do a thorough cleaning from top to bottom and then stay on top of it. If you don’t like doing yard work, hire someone to trim the hedges and mow the grass.

    Brighten up

    Make your home as bright and cheerful as possible. Open the blinds and turn on all the lights, even if it’s a sunny day! Dirty screens and windows can block a lot of light, so keep them clean.

    Get out of the house

    Take your family out to eat, go to the park, or run some errands. Make buyers feel as comfortable as possible when they look at your home and let them have an open discussion without you being present. If you have pets, remove them if possible, or keep them contained.

    Listen to your realtor

    Your realtor will have some great ideas for staging your home. Moving (or removing) a piece of furniture or adding a decorative accent piece can make a huge difference.

    Contact Coldwell Banker Islands Realty with any questions or to get more information about selling your home.


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