Marion Cheney's Blog
When it comes to the marketability of your house, appearances are everything! If your house is up for sale or you have plans to put it on the market soon, there are a lot of details you need to attend to before prospects stop by.
Although it's difficult to make a lived-in house look immaculate all the time, the closer you can come to that high standard, the better! Whether they're actively looking for signs of cleanliness or just noticing it subconsciously, the overall condition of your home can and does make an indelible impression on prospective buyers.
The reason "curb appeal" is emphasized so strongly by real estate agents is that the initial impression you make on house hunters can impact the amount of time your property stays on the market. That's especially true in "drive by" situations in which prospects quickly check out your house from the street and make a snap judgement about whether or not they like what they see. If your house and yard look appealing to them, then they may follow up with either the listing agent or their buyers' agent. On the other hand, if there's peeling paint visible, an aging roof, or weeds growing out of cracks in the driveway, they'll probably drive on and continue their search elsewhere. As you can imagine, there's a lot riding on curb appeal, so it pays to keep your lawn looking manicured and other landscaping features well maintained.
Once prospects are inside your home, they're going to notice everything from scuffed walls and cluttered furniture to the smell of toast you burned that morning or greasy cooking odors. Pet odors can also be a major turnoff for many prospective buyers, especially if they're not dog or cat fans to begin with! A worst-case-scenario, of course, is to have a last-minute pet accident happen on the floor when prospects are touring the house. That's not just a hypothetical situation; it occurs more often than you might think. To prevent that potential "disaster," some home sellers make arrangements with friends, relatives, or pet daycare services to have their dogs or cats taken care of outside of the house when tours are scheduled. While that's not always practical or even possible, it can make a big difference in the impression your home makes on potential buyers.
The bottom line when it comes to effective home staging is that people are going to notice "the good, the bad, and the ugly." Your objective, of course, is to do everything possible to diminish the negatives and accentuate the positives. Your real estate agent can be an indispensable resource for providing you with the unvarnished truth about what needs to be repaired or cosmetically improved to present the best possible image of your home to the public.
Buying a home is a major investment. In some respects, buying a home is like investing in the stock market, the value of your investment rising and lowering overtime. Similar to the stock market, it takes commitment to increase your home's value. Take the below actions and you could keep your house in good condition.Your home's value might also stay at peak levels.
Just because you've lived at your house for years, doesn't mean your house has to fall apart
Apply fresh paint - Climb up on a ladder and apply a fresh coat of paint to your house. If you have pets, consider painting the bottom edge of your house twice a year.
Care for house siding - Modern homes aren't the only houses built with siding. Several older homes are covered with siding instead of paint, as siding is generally easier to care for. To keep house siding in good condition, wash the siding with warm water and a cleansing solution. Use a long brush to scrub the siding,moving from the bottom to the top of your house. Then, rinse the siding with clear, warm water. Do this at least once a year.
Keep lawns litter free - Pick trash off your lawn. Teach your family members to clean up after themselves. A good way to remember to clean your lawn is to walk around your home and inspect the front and back yard for litter a few minutes before you mow the lawn. During cooler months, simply rake litter into a garbage bag with tree leaves.
Perform regular inspections - Check for frayed wires, cracks, dents and holes in walls.Replace, patch up or repair these areas before they get worse. You could also hire a professional home inspector to examine your house every two to three years.
Stay clean -Regularly sweep interior and exterior floors. Also, wipe down walls and windows. If your floors are carpeted, wash the carpet once a quarter. You may need to wash heavy traffic areas once a month. Other cleaning activities include dusting and washing ceiling fans and washing floorboard edges.
Live clutter free - Clutter hides holes, cracks and stains. Store boxes in the garage or attic. Leave lots of walking space in your home to allow for good air flow.
Maintain a healthy house roof - Of all parts of your house, the roof may be the most troublesome,especially if you let your roof deteriorate. To maintain a healthy house roof,clean out your gutters. Replace damaged shingles. Trim away low hanging tree branches and clean away ice patches.
Repair and replace home appliances - Clean air ducts and replace home appliances like water heaters and refrigerators. Also, keep air conditioner filters clean.These steps not only help to keep home appliances functioning properly, they can also lower your utility bills.
Replace floor tiles - Replace bubbling, sagging or cracked floor tiles. Do this with vinyl,ceramic and hard wood floor tiles.
The style of your rooms also plays a major role in the overall value of your home. By installing new kitchen and bathroom cabinets, your house can maintain a modern look. The same applies for ceiling moldings and floor. Step back once a year,look at your home, and ask yourself if your house is as stylish or as elegant as newly developed houses.