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5 Simple Ways to Stage the Exterior of Your Home Before an Open House

Posted on Aug 16 2017 – 12:33pm by Housecall 406

By Charles Muotoh

powerwashIf you’re selling your home, chances are good you’re familiar with the concept of staging your home. Real estate agents recommend your home look its best to prospective buyers, and home staging is a great way to ensure you receive top dollar. But did you know you should stage the exterior of your home too? Failing to update the look of your home’s exterior can cause buyers to get a bad first impression when they initially arrive to view your home.  Whether your audience are luxury home buyers or you are selling your starter home, staging the exterior of your home will have a major impact in the sale of your home.  If you want to put exterior home staging to work, here are five elements you should consider tweaking.

Clean Your Exterior Windows and Screens

Nothing says poor maintenance like dirty windows and window screens. If your windows are caked with dust or muck from the last rainstorm, open house visitors are going to wonder what other maintenance jobs you haven’t attended to. Don’t give visitors the opportunity to question whether your home has been properly maintained or not; clean those windows and screens before authorizing an open house.

Refresh Your Gardens and Walkways

Just like dirty windows are a real estate faux pas, so are unkempt flower beds. Weeds and overgrown bushes tell visitors you can’t be bothered with the small stuff. Spend a day removing weeds and trimming flowers, or hire a professional landscaper to refresh your gardens.  It is amazing what a refreshed garden can do to your home’s curb appeal.

Refresh Your Home’s Siding

No, you don’t have to replace your home’s siding prior to an open house. A quick power wash could be all it takes to remove years of dust and grime. You can attempt this task yourself, but it might be worth your while to hire a professional. Some homeowners have been known to damage their home’s siding by using too forceful a water stream. This is one task that is often best left to experienced professionals.  The last thing you want to deal with is replacing siding before an open house.

Update/Clean Door Fixtures and House Address Signage

Something as simple as a new doorknob or address signage can give your home a refreshed look. You needn’t spring for a new door; just update the faceplate and/or doorknob. Purchase new address numbers from the local hardware store and you’ll have tweaked the look of your home’s exterior in just a few minutes.

Clean Patio Furniture

Whether you have chairs on your front veranda or a dining set on your back deck, tired patio furniture can cost you big dollars when it comes time to negotiate with a potential homebuyer. Dilapidated patio furniture instantly gives a bad impression and can cause potential homebuyers to request replacement furniture as part of their deal. Spruce up your existing furniture with a quick power wash, or replace it if it is beyond cleaning.

Simple tweaks to the exterior of your home can have a big impact on your home’s final selling price. By spending just a few days improving the look of the outside of your home, you can increase the amount buyers are willing to offer and make your home the cleanest real estate listing on the block. Will you be trying these exterior home staging tricks when you list your home for sale?

Charles Muotoh is the owner of dcrealestateguru.com, a full service real estate firm focused on leveraging digital marketing strategies to serve buyers and sellers of real estate in the Washington D.C. area.

 

A Day in the Life of a REALTOR

A Day in the Life of a REALTOR

I love my job as a REALTOR, you never know what you will see or who you will meet. Today was a completely unique property and experience, I got to see and pet camels! These camels are pets so they are very friendly, even though I didn’t have cookies to give them.

Spectacular Equestrian Property

Are you looking for an equestrian property that you can train, board or show from, than this is the property for you. 16 stalls, 150 x 200 arena, fenced and cross-fenced, run-ins, apartment and so much more.
Contact me for a tour or more information, Donna@DonnaSellsVirginia.com

Home Upgrades that You Won’t get Your Money Back On

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File these six upgrades under wish fulfillment, not value investment.

Life is a balancing act, and upgrading your home is no different. Some upgrades, like a kitchen remodel or an additional bathroom, typically add value to your home. Others, like putting in a pool, provide little dollar return on your investment.

Read more: http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/home-improvement/home-upgrades-you-shouldnt-do/#ixzz2elSBP1NI

Read more: http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/home-improvement/home-upgrades-you-shouldnt-do/#ixzz2elS1z6cB

Financial Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

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While it’s tempting to simply enlist the help of a realtor, grab a folder full of listings, hop in the car and start looking at houses, purchasing a home for the first time is a process that requires a lot of planning, budgeting and number crunching. The fun part will be much more fun – and less risky – when you’ve done your homework.

Without a sound financial strategy in place first, you could set yourself up for disappointment or put yourself in a financial hole that may be difficult to escape. Here are three tips for first-time home buyers that can help prepare you for the biggest purchase of your life and live within your means.

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10 Best Kept Secrets for Buying a Home

Are you thinking about buying a home? Have you been watching home prices and interest rates and think now is the time to buy? Before you start read this article from HGTV,  http://www.hgtv.com/real-estate/10-best-kept-secrets-for-buying-a-home/index.html, and afterwards give me a call to see how I can help you buy your home.

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

With fall just around the corner it is now time to start thinking about getting your home ready for colder weather.

Seal Up Crack and Gaps

Small cracks and gaps can let warm air out and cold air in, increasing your heating bill and decreasing how comfortable you are. Both caulking and weather stripping can be a great help in getting rid of those holes.

Check the following for leaks:

  • Window and door frames
  • Any exterior opening: electrical outlets, phone lines, outside faucets and anywhere cables my come in
  • Around drain pipes in bathrooms and kitchens
  • Around heating and cooling units

 Inspect Your Roof

 Check your roof for minor damage and cracked or broken shingles. Trim back tree limbs that may have grown over the summer and are now rubbing against the roof.

 Clean and Repairs Your Gutters

 Clean debris and leaves out of your gutters, check downspouts to make sure that water is still running freely out of them especially the ones that are buried. If you don’t like ladders or your roof is too high call someone to come and clean the gutters for you.

 Trim Back Bushes and Shrubs

 Trim off any dead branches or excessive growth, leaving some space between the bush and your house. This is a good time to look at the soil around your house to make sure it is still sloping away from the house so water does not run down into your foundation.

Heating System Check-up

Now is a great time to get your heating system checked, if you haven’t done so over the summer, a cold winter’s day is not a great time to have your heat go out. If you heat with or burn wood have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional chimney sweep.