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Today's post talks about Curb Appeal. Did you know buying a home is the biggest investment most people make in their lifetime? So, it only makes sense to keep your house looking great and functioning well...right? Seeing a beautiful, well kept home from the street increases its property value. Even for homeowners not planning to move. The increase in property value of one home can also extend to the rest of the neighbourhood. Keeping your property well-kept improves your street-wide value. Not only that, but your neighbor relationships too (which is a good thing).
Most buyers form their first impression of your home before they even get out of the car. Curb appeal is the view of your home from the street. This gives potential buyers the first chance to fall in love with your home. So make your home the talk of the neighbourhood...for the right reasons!
The exterior of your home should be impeccable. Clean it, clear it of clutter, with no visible repairs needed. So...fix that broken step. Cut down those overgrown bushes. Put away those scattered toys in the yard. That clutter can spoil the home's appearance and the potential buyer's first impression.
Here's a simple cleanup and spruce up checklist. Tips to make sure your home leaves a lasting first impression:
- Clear driveways and walkways of snow, weeds, and debris. Repair or replace cracked steps or pavers. Whenever possible, driveways should be clear of vehicles.
- Keep your lawn mowed, edged, and watered. Prune dead branches and plants. Weed flower beds and replace leggy, thin landscaping with fresh plants and flowers.
- Replace loose or damaged roof shingles. Clean the gutters. Paint and caulk window trim and doors.
- Make the front door area shine. Consider repainting your front door and placing a new welcome mat. Polish the door hardware and make sure all front facing windows are clean.
- Pressure wash siding, brick, windows, and porches.
- Replace light fixtures. If possible, pick new fixtures with the same mounting system to save time and hassle.
- Install new house numbers that match the finish of your light fixtures.
- Consider upgrading your mailbox. It's an inexpensive fix and the first thing that buyers will see when they pull up to your home.
- Install flower boxes or pots of blooming flowers for a pop of color.
- Hang a seasonal wreath from your front door.
Curb appeal is the first step in creating interest in a home for sale. In today's world of internet and photography, pictures of property have a major impact. It is well worth the time and money spent to have your home looking its best when a potential buyer drives up to the curb.
Thanks for reading. Until next time...Keep It "REAL"
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Many people believe hiring a real estate professional is a waste of time. They believe they can sell their home on their own without any help from an agent. And, sometimes...that's true! Not all homes that sell, is through a real estate agent. BUT, there is no substitute for an experienced professional. Taking on all the responsibility yourself could be costlier than an agent's commission.
Beyond the price advantage, homes listed by real estate professionals get more exposure. Their sellers also get more support! Take a look at the following list. Real estate professionals are:
- Trained, licensed professionals
- Experienced in your neighborhood & your market
- Able to give you oversight from brokers & licensing officials
- Able to help you reach your goals in the best way
- Able to present your home and deal with buyers
- Able to market properties
- Able to overcome typical issues that occur in real estate transactions and closings
- Able to look out for your best interests
- Understand personal safety and security for your belongings during showings
- Able to make transactions go smoothly with knowing lawyers, bankers and mortgage specialists
- Able to get access to the most accurate and up to date comprehensive data through MLS
- Able to negotiate
- Able to make real estate transactions successful
- Kept up to date with continuing education on housing issues
You can never go wrong with a real estate professional in your corner. You will have a partner by your side to advocate for you and help you through the entire home selling/buying process.
Well...this brings me to my next point. What is the cost of hiring an agent?
In most cases, it costs you NOTHING! Let me flip the tables for a minute. As YOUR agent, I am here to educate you. I will take you through the buying process, market conditions and neighborhoods. I spend many hours researching properties to find the one that meets your needs. I will also be by your side to check off every bullet in the list above. In most cases, this and more will be in the sellers cost. There are possible situations when some fees may apply. Those situations will NEVER take place without your prior understanding and consent.
Here we are again at the end of another blog post. I hope this clarifies the reasons why it is good to have a real estate professional in your corner.
Thanks for reading and until next time...Keep it "REAL"!