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February 26, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 157

Even though it's February, the spring market is just about here. And over the winter our houses can sometimes feel the effect of... winter. Here are some tips to freshen things up for the spring market.

1) Clearly delineate the front walkway - and make sure everyone enters through the front door. Sweep clean and repair or replace any part of the walkway that is broken or cracked.

2) As soon as possible add fresh mulch to flowerbeds. Pots of pansies by the front door are also very inviting. Consider putting them on the back deck as well, even if it's a little too early to set up the outdoor furniture.

3) Consider power washing the exterior of your house. Even in mild winters like this exteriors gather a lot of dirt.

4) Engage the nose as soon as the front door is opened. Windows and doors have been kept closed for a while and houses may begin to smell stuffy. Drop essential oils in citrus scents on light bulbs and turn them on. If you prefer floral scents, try lavender. Stay away from chemical scents found in air fresheners and plug-ins.

5) Clean windows both inside and out and leave window treatments open to let in the light. If the view is bad, add sheers that will still let in the light but hide the view. If bushes have grown to cover the windows, cut them back so the windows are unobstructed.

6) If you've been using your fireplace this winter, have it professionally cleaned. Also clean the surround of smoke residue. Leave a couple of white birch logs on the grate.

7) Consider removing rugs to showcase beautiful floors. Keep mats outside of doors for people to wipe their feet, but remove all of those inside that have been placed to collect winter grime. Consider removing heavy wool area rugs and replacing with a lighter look such as sisal - or remove them all together.

8) Remove heavier accent fabrics and darker colors on things such as pillows, throws, and bedding and replace with lighter colors and fabrics. Just don't overdo it. You don't want to distract potential buyers with too much pattern or color so they forget to notice the house.

9) Remove clutter that tends to gather as we live indoors through the winter. Put away books, magazines, holiday residue, and anything else that may be left over from the long, cold months.

10) Don't forget the garage and basement. We tend to store things haphazardly during winter months, so now is the time to pack and purge.

Ann Anderson is the owner of Rooms Reborn (, a decorating, staging, and redesign business serving Connecticut. She is also the founder and Director of the School of Interior Redesign (, a private occupational school teaching staging, decorating, redesign, feng shui, and working with relocating seniors. She is also the co-creator of the Ready2Sellin30Days system which is designed to help do-it-yourself home sellers prepare their homes for sale with less stress.

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