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By Elvin Carroll | Agent in 49301

Honey Do


When we were doing our own home buying search we came across a house that had been on the market for well over a year. After dropping the price, the house was still sitting on the market. I’ve toured it and shown it to a few clients, my wife included. Most of the feedback I’ve heard is about the roof. “If only they would repair/replace the roof.” “That roof looks terrible.  I wonder what else is wrong with the house.” “I don’t want to pay for a new roof after buying a new house.” Have you had responses like that in your home search?

After attending the Grand Rapids Home and Garden Show last month, my wife and I started talking about our own home improvement plans. We’ve been discussing tree removal, flooring, painting, landscaping, roofing…you name it, she wants it! We have our top priorities and started getting free estimates. Just for the knowledge I got roofing estimates. I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised with most of the roofing estimates. That house I mentioned before…is still on the market and I bet that house would sell if they would spend the money to replace the roof.

Most of my clients have asked at one time or another, what can I do to make my house ready to sell. Fix or repair those cosmetic issues. Many buyers can’t see past the holes in the wall, old wallpaper, scratched up floors, dingy carpet. Many Realtors can see the potential, but many buyers want a move in ready home.

With spring time finally here, why not look into those home improvement projects that you have been putting off? Instead of doing a little spring cleaning, why not do a lot of “honey-do” projects. At least that is what my wife keeps telling me that we are doing…Can’t wait to find out what my next project is!

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