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Preparing Your House For Sale? Do It In An Inexpensive Way

Todays Date: November 20, 2018

Curb Appeal 101

The first impression a buyer gets before they get out of their car is very necessary! Make sure your home’s exterior is neat and clean. The grass should always be kept short so that buyers can walk around the house and closely take a look at the exterior. Also make sure all bushes, shrubs and trees are cut back so that they do not hide the house. Buyers get nervous when something on the house is totally hidden by overgrown bushes and especially when trees are close to or touching power lines! Any bushes or trees that are close to the perimeter of the house should not be taller than the roof line, and have a minimum of 1 or 2 feet between the edge of the bush and any other object. An easy and low cost way to spruce up any yard is to add mulch. For about twenty five dollars, you’ll be able to buy about ten bags of mulch at your local home improvement store to give your yard and landscaping that freshly manicured look. Make sure to remove as many weeds as possible before putting down the mulch.

Exterior of Home

A clean exterior wall and roof line is always attractive to buyers but sometimes is not cost effective in certain situations. Not everyone can afford new siding or stucco and especially paint. However, removing bugs, dirt and rust stains will be very inexpensive. To get rid of dirt, simply go and rent a pressure washer from your local home store or borrow one from a friend. You can pressure wash your exterior walls, gutters, decks, driveway, and other walking areas in 1 day. Another common visual problem are rust stains from well water. These usually appear as brownish orange stains in weird patterns. There’s an easy solution for this! Your local hardware store has a product for about 8 dollars that you spray onto the rust stains and they simply disappear!

Interior of Home

Remove all clutter and personal or unusual items. The buyers are there to look at the house, not the clutter or weird stuffed animal collection you might have. This may be distracting for a buyer and sometimes scare them! Also get rid of any dirty or broken down furniture and fixtures. Throwing stuff away is free and can make a huge difference. Once all clutter is removed, clean everything! Vacuum and mop the floors, use magic eraser to scrub scuffs and dirt off the walls, dust all fixtures and ceiling fans, clean all glass and windows with window cleaner, clean all bathrooms and shower curtains, and bleach any mold or mildew you find in the bathtubs. Another great thing to do is use degreaser to clean the shell of your interior air handler, water heater, and circuit breaker box. In high humidity areas, your a/c handler will get pretty nasty over long periods of time. Make sure they give the impression of being clean and maintained. Be careful not to spray onto live electrical wires or outlets. Also, if you have a screened patio, make sure the screens are in good condition and secured.

Final Tips

Remember, cleaning can be inexpensive but repairing and replacing is sometimes not. If you have defects or problems that require renovation, make sure you price your home accordingly and disclose that to any potential buyers. Selling a home in need of repair is perfectly normal so long as it is disclosed and priced right. If you need additional help, call your local Realtor.

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