Top Ten Things to Spruce Up Your Home

by Mario Acosta on December 3, 2012

in How We Market Your Home For Sale, Local Questions, Local Topics, Sellers

I am asked all the time what a homeowner could do to maximize his property value and shorten the time he will be listed. I have a pretty basic list I provide.

But my first thought is always “Why did they wait?” Most of these are simple and would have made the home owners experience living in the house that much richer. It’s funny I can’t even count how many times that once a homeowner has done all of the things they need to do on this list, they step back and have serious second thoughts about selling. So if you are looking to sell or just want to put a little love back into that property here is my list of great tips.

My top TEN

1. Spruce up your Lawn
2. Clean and Declutter
3. Add a Focal Point
4. Refresh With Paint
5. Light It Up
6. Focus on the Front Door
7. Home in on Details
8. Inspect Your Gutters
9. Address Driveway and Walkways
10. Restore the Roof

Over the next few posts I will expand on these for you – so stay tuned if this is of interest to you.

Spruce Up Your Lawn – You only have one chance to make a first impression on buyers, and you don’t want to make it with a patchy, unkempt lawn. Before putting your home on the market, take some time to whip your yard into shape. Do as much as you can based on your budget and timeline: If you’re stretched for cash, start by keeping the lawn mowed, raking up leaves and pulling weeds. If you can fit it in your budget, have your soil tested for any chemicals needed to promote healthy grass and reseed bad areas.

Clean and De-clutter – The fundamental rules of staging also apply to your home’s exterior. You want buyers to focus on your home — not your lawnmower, the kids’ toys or your extensive collection of lawn ornaments — so these distracting items should be stowed out of sight before you show your home. Once the clutter is cleared away, your next objective is a spick-and-span exterior. Remove grime and cobwebs by pressure washing your home’s siding, and clean your windows inside and out.

Come back next week for the next few items, I’ll talk to you then. Have a great week.

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