Thursday, March 31, 2016

Cleaning up the outside of your home to sell

Homes that have a good curb appeal command higher prices. I’m not talking about replacing vinyl siding with redwood siding, I’m talking about maintenance and tasks you’d like to live with anyway. The way your house looks from the street says a lot about your home and goes a long way.

Wash the general dirt off the outside of your house. Washing your house can make a huge difference.  A bucket of soapy water and a long-handled, soft-bristled brush can remove the dust and dirt that have splashed onto your wood, vinyl, metal, stucco, brick, and fiber cement. Don’t forget garage door and wash the windows inside and out.. 

Replace overgrown bushes with leafy plants and colorful annuals. Surround bushes and trees with dark or reddish-brown bark mulch, which gives a rich feel to the yard. Put a crisp edge on garden beds, pull weeds and invasive vines, and plant a few geraniums in pots.
Green up your grass with lawn food and water. Cover bare spots with seeds and sod, get rid of crab grass, and mow regularly

A splash of color goes a long way.  Plant some flowers, add some hanging baskets.

Nothing looks worse from the curb — and sets off subconscious alarms — like hanging gutters, missing bricks from the front steps, or peeling paint. Not only can these deferred maintenance items damage your home, but they can decrease the value of your house by 10%.
Here are some maintenance chores that will dramatically help the look of your house:
Refasten sagging gutters.
Repoint bricks that have lost their mortar.
Reseal cracked asphalt.
Straighten shutters.
Replace cracked windows.

Contact Stacey Guzanick 262.490.3696,   RE/MAX Service First,  if you have questions about buying a house or selling one.
I can  guide you  toward your next home.

See you at the closing!

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