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As a new season turns, what sorts of home improvements can you make in spring to sell your home? Here’s a selected checklist to help you get started.

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As you prepare to sell a home this spring, one of the crucial steps in the process will be the home inspection requested by the buyer. It’s imperative to perform thorough maintenance before putting a home on the market. Also doing this will cause less headaches back and forth with your potential buyer and maybe allow you to list the home for more money because it won’t require an inspection. Here is a complete spring home inspection checklist so it’s in fine form for potential buyers:

House exterior

  • Replace any missing or damaged siding.
  • Look for and repair any cracks in the foundation.
  • If you have a basement, make sure the wells are protected against insects and pests so they can’t get in.
  • If the exterior paint is cracking or peeling, you may need to do some touch-ups or hire a painter to do it for you.

Gutters, downspouts and roofing

  • Make sure your roofing shingles aren’t showing signs of moisture damage around the gutters and repair as needed..
  • Secure any loose fasteners around your gutters and downspouts so they don’t accidentally fall off the house or sag.
  • Clean the gutters and downspouts, so your house is safe from future storms. You can hire a professional to clean your gutters for $100 to $150, if you feel uncomfortable doing it yourself.
  • Make sure your roof is clean and properly maintained so it’s not a point of contention with the buyer.

Lawn and garden

  • If you see a lot of moisture accumulating around your foundation rather than on the sidewalk, you might need to re-slope your lawn. Add extra dirt around your foundation to handle the problem in the short-term.
  • Trim and maintain any trees that are looking particularly worn after the harsh winter.
  • If you have a deck or porch, clean it with a power washer so it’s shiny and looks appealing to a potential buyer.
  • Remove leaves, fallen tree branches and any other debris that’s accumulated on your lawn so it looks well-kept and clean for buyer as they drive in.

Windows and doors

  • Check and replace or add to weather-stripping around doors and windows to keep the house well-insulated during walk-throughs.
  • Look at window frames and check for signs of damage or decay (with wood frames). Repair or replace as needed or in budget.
  • Look at window glass for any cracks or gaps and repair as needed.
  • Inspect doors for structural damage, squeaking, hinge issues, etc. Repair if needed; install a new door in extreme cases.
  • If your doors or windows have cracks or chipping in the paint, you should touch them up so they look nearly new.

Heating & cooling

  • Check your HVAC system to make sure it’s working properly, especially after the harsh winter. You might need to call in an HVAC professional to do a thorough inspection.
  • Seal any exposed ducts and vents around the house — in the basement, crawl spaces, attic, etc. — to prevent air leakage and keep warm air flowing properly during a walk-through.
  • Check your ducts for mold, pest, dust, dirt and debris  and clean if needed so buyers aren’t grossed out.
  • Have a fireplace professional check your fireplace or woodstove to ensure it’s working properly.

Conclusion

Home inspections help buyers feel safer about investing money in a new home. That’s why sellers need to make sure their houses are in as close to top form as they can be. For more spring home maintenance projects, there’s more tips to be found in a blog post from Redfin.

You can also consult with a home inspector ahead of time if you want to catch unexpected problems and fix them before putting your house on the market.

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Andrea Davis

Andrea Davis is based in Denver, Colorado as an editor for HomeAdvisor. As a deeply engrossed fan of the written word in its many forms, she’s always looking to tell home improvement stories in a new light that both engages and entertains. She's a frequent and very welcome content contributor here on the BuildDirect Blog.