Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Selling Your House, It’s what’s on the Outside that Counts!


When it comes to preparing a house for today’s market, it’s not always what’s on the inside that counts. Home sellers should remember that a home’s external appearance, landscaping, and outdoor living space are just as important as a perfectly staged interior.

With Memorial Day, Independence Day, and the summer season
 quickly approaching, many potential homebuyers are looking for an outdoor living space suitable for hosting summer gatherings and parties. Creating a space in which homebuyers can picture themselves throwing a holiday celebration with friends or a casual family cookout can be a deciding factor in the purchase of a home. Updating and maintaining the exterior of the home to compliment the interior will attract interested buyers as well as better prepare your home for the home inspection.

You can change the appearance of your home and better prepare it for an inspection with just a few simple projects and improvements:
  • Transform the exterior of your party pad by pressure washing your home and sidewalk areas. Unwanted paint, dirt, and grime will easily vanish under the force of a pressurized water system.
  • Brighten up your home by touching up your paint. After all, we could all use a little boost from time to time, so show your trim a little TLC.
  • Protect the top layer of your driveway from harmful environment elements by applying a seal coat. The application of hot liquid asphalt covered by a graded aggregate creates a waterproof membrane which prevents water from penetrating the surface of your property’s driveway.
  • Prevent wood deterioration by resealing your property’s deck, porch, and wood areas. Elements such as sunlight, water, contamination, and mildew can weaken the preservation of your wood, ultimately reducing the appearance and value of your home.
  • To add more space to your outdoor living area, simply expand your deck’s dimensions. With a little bit of deck expansion, there will be plenty of space for your next summer social gathering.
  • Install an awning to cover your outdoor reception space to protect guests from summer rain and heat.
  • Get down and dirty with a little landscape maintenance. Touch up your turf by pulling weeds, mowing your lawn, and mulching your shrub and garden areas. Don’t forget porch upkeep by sweeping and dusting regularly.
With these simple changes and improvements, your home will be ready to list on the market and also be in great shape for the home inspection. Buyers will be confident in the purchase of their new home after a professional home inspector inspects every area of the home, inside and out! 

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