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April 03, 2014 | Ben Heisler | Comments 0

Get Your Home in Top Shape for Spring

Curb appeal boosts interestThe Equifax Finance blog has a great new article if you are looking to get your home in tip-top shape for the market now that spring has sprung, are adjusting to being a new homeowner or are just looking for a good list of ways to get your home prepared for the change in seasons. For those looking to buy and sell, it’s good to keep these in mind as they’re all relatively easy, minor and inexpensive fixes — things sellers should do, and things that buyers shouldn’t consider to be a deal breaker if they love a house.

The article “The Top 10 Home Maintenance Tips for Spring” has a full list, but at a glance, consider:

  • Clean gutters and check for leaks. Clean out any leaves or debris that may have accumulated in the gutters. Check to make sure the downspout directs water away from the foundation, and add extensions if necessary to keep the water away from your house. It’s also a good idea to install gutter guards. These will protect your gutters from clogging and ensure that water does not accumulate on the roof.
  • Replace roof shingles. It’s no fun waking up to water dripping from your roof, and the significant cost of repairs can cause major headaches. Check for roof damage, including missing shingles, leaks, and general aging, as soon as possible after the snow melts. Shingles that are cracked or loose need to be replaced.
  • Repair concrete. Ice can do serious damage to cement and exterior walkways around your home. Inspect concrete for shifting cement or for cracks, which should be filled with caulk or concrete crack filler.

While these seem like no-brainers, remember that it’s the little things that count when adding up to great curb appeal – whether you want to attract buyers or just look the best in your neighborhood. For more tips about home buying, home ownership, personal finance advice and more, check the Equifax Finance Blog.

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