The first impression is so important when a potential buyer sees your home. Things that you may not notice can be a deal breaker for someone who can’t see past the clutter, dated kitchen and baths, overgrown landscape or maintenance items that need to be addressed. Check out these articles for great tips for getting your home sold!
Home Staging Tips for Top Dollar Sale of your Home by Susan Botticelli, Realtor, Broker and Home Staging Expert. Susan specializes in residential sales in th…
Originally from : http://www.ameri-star.com/blog/Home+Staging+Or+Home+Maintenance
With all the talk about Home Staging and getting your house into showcase condition I would like to remind you that adding some extra TLC to your maintenance routine can be an easy way to get ahead of the To-Do list when it is time for you to list your home this fall.
1st some EXTERIOR MAINTENANCE tips
Check the foundation for cracks and caulk around the areas where masonry meets the siding, where pipes or wires enter the house, and around the windows and door frames to prevent heat from escaping. “Caulking and sealing openings is one of the least expensive maintenance jobs,” says Michael Hydeck, Hydeck Design Build, Inc., Telford, PA, and National President, National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). “Openings in the structure can cause water to get in and freeze, resulting in cracks and mold build up,” he says. “Regardless of whether you live in a cold or warm climate, winter can bring very harsh conditions resulting in water or ice damage. A careful check of the outside structure combined with inexpensive maintenance can save you money in the long run. ”Install storm windows and doors and remove screens. Before storing, clean and repair screens, spray with a protective coating and place in a dry area of the basement or garage. After leaves have fallen, clean out the gutters and downspouts, flush them with water, inspect joints, and tighten brackets if necessary. Clogged gutters are one of the major causes of ice dams. Replace old or damaged gutters with new ones that have built-in leaf guards.
OK , so what about EXTERIOR STAGING??
Start by updating your exterior house lights, perhaps adding a motion detector by the front door, a new storm door? Check out the condition of your door handle and lock, Step back and take a look at your mailbox, Does it let potential buyers know you’re concerned with taking good care of your property both inside and out?
As for those garden containers, Don’t let them sit outside with dead flowers in them, either remove the dead items and decorate with picks of evergreens and, pine cones for the winter season, or place them in the shed until spring.