So you are selling your home. Too bad it is a terrible market to do so, but it has to be done. The first thing you should do even before you invite a real estate agent out to help price your home is to work on your curb appeal. Lets face it, if you are selling your home it is likely you don’t have money to pay for much if anything. Well here are some things you can do and will cost little to nothing to do them.
“Polished brass will pass upon more people than rough gold. ~Lord Chesterfield”
1> Make sure your mailbox looks as good as it can. Clean it, paint it or replace it based on if you have money or not. Make sure the numbers on the mailbox is clear and not weathered looking; that goes for the 911 sign with your number on it, as well as the number on your house itself. At least clean and get these things looking as good as possible.
2> Clean and or paint your front door. Make sure the door bell works. And make sure the door knobs aren’t nasty looking or broken. If you have to spend a few bucks here, it is worth it!
3> Keep your front porch or front of your home as clean and clutter free as possible. That means sweep your steps or walkway regularly. Remember people drive around looking at homes long before they call an agent to show them the home. Remember, first impressions are extremely important.
4> Clean your yard – not just the front, but all around your home. I am talking about getting everything that isn’t supposed to be there out of your yard, including dead wood, dog bones, old toys, nasty looking garden furniture etc… you get the idea.
5> Landscaping. That usually means money. But that is not the case here. If you have any woods around you property, you will likely have tree saplings in those woods, dig them up and plant them around your home (fresh bought wood chips or similar will make a world of difference – worth the money even if you don’t have it to spend). If you don’t have woods on your property, I am certain one of your friends will have. Also make sure you trim up what you do have, so if you have several small trees growing on top of each other, remove the weaker ones and make more room for the other to grow (spacing). If you have dead trees, get them down somehow and get them off the property, or cut them into firewood if you have a fireplace in the home you are selling.
6> If you have a waterfront property, meaning if you have a river, lake or even a tiny little trickle of a creek, clean-up in and around the body of water. Make sure that a buyer can walk down to the water without walking through a brier patch or running into hanging limbs.
7> Gutters… if you have trees growing out of your gutters you need to do something about that right now. Clean all the dirt and leaves out of your gutters, then wash them with soap and water. If they are bent up, try and bend them into proper shape (do the best you can), or if they look bad replace them if you can afford it.
8> Of course if you have money, pressure wash your home, porches and decks.
9> If the siding is broke, replace it. If the home needs to be repainted, do it. 8 & 9 is totally dependent on having money to do it, so if you are in the majority, just ignore these two.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email me anytime. Have a wonderful Spring and Summer. Ken
Ken Ruddell, Broker
Home Zone Real Estate
1-800-884-5526 / Fax
Past President of the Habersham, White
& Stephens County Board of Realtors.