Seasonality plays an important role in the housing market. Home buying and selling activities swell during the spring and summer months of the year, and trail off during the fall and winter, according to

As a homeowner, you want to get top price for your property. This means presenting your house in its very best light. It’s important to prioritize repairs and upgrades so that you aren’t spending money unnecessarily on things that aren’t going to provide a good return on the investment or even impress prospective buyers. Your goal is to have everything looking good without spending an arm and a leg in the process.

Your home’s exterior is the first thing buyers will see. If you’ve got a fence enclosing the yard, make sure it’s in good shape: replace any sagging or missing boards, and be sure there are no stains or chipped and missing paint.  Keep the grass neatly trimmed and add sod if there are brown or dead patches.  Porch decorations and furnishings should appear clean and new; otherwise, store them out of sight.  Remove weeds and trim bushes and branches.  Keep your driveway and your walks free of leaves, dirt and other debris. Plant a few flowers for added curb appeal.

Replace missing shingles and make sure your gutters, siding, and shutters are clean and in good shape.  Fresh paint on trim will go a long way toward revitalizing your home’s exterior.

Summer Sale_blogKitchens and bathrooms are big selling points in any home.  It isn’t necessary to buy all new appliances or to do a complete renovation, since it’s likely a new owner will want to put their own “touch” on these spots once they move in, but replace fixtures, drawer pulls and perhaps even cabinet doors if these are outdated, scuffed or showing wear of any kind. Consider upgrading your lighting, particularly if it’s original to the house. It can go a long way in making a room look brighter and more welcoming.

Study your bathrooms carefully, as though you’ve never walked into them before now, looking at them through the eyes of a potential buyer.  Make sure the grout around the bathtub and shower is clean and mildew-free.  If necessary, regrout around tub and tiles; it’s a quick and relatively easy procedure, and it will make a huge difference in the room’s appearance.  Polish away any rust or water stains in sinks, tubs, and toilets.  Replacing just the seat can make the entire toilet look new.  If the walls look dingy or faded, a good paint job will bring the room back to life.  As with your kitchen, give some thought to upgrading the lighting.  And don’t forget to polish the mirrors!

Make sure all wooden floors shine and all rugs and carpeted areas are freshly shampooed and vacuumed.  Hardwood floors remain the most popular choice among homeowners, but there’s little point in replacing your old carpeting—unless it’s looking particularly worn or outdated—since a buyer will almost certainly have his or her own specific choice in mind once they’re ready to move in.

Check to be certain that all the “little things” are working the way they should.  Are any doorknobs loose or difficult to turn?  Is the garage door working well?  How about the garbage disposal?  Make sure there are fresh lightbulbs in every socket and even new batteries in the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.  Wipe fingerprints and smudges off of the thermostats and light switches.  “The devil is in the details,” they say.

Many of these suggestions are things you can tackle on your own, but remember that your local Handyman Matters TEAM is always available to help with any and all household “honey-dos,” small or large.

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