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By Tari Torch Sweeney | Agent in Beachwood, OH
  • 10 Things To Do Before Selling Your Home

    Posted Under: Home Selling, Curb Appeal, Remodel & Renovate  |  October 9, 2013 11:28 AM  |  413 views  |  No comments


    Before you’re ready to list and sell your home, you need to make sure that the functionality and appearance of your home is top-notch. It’s important that, when preparing your home to sell, you think like a buyer; turn your home into a home that you’d want to buy. Here are 10 things you need to do before you sell your home.

    Outside of your home (exterior of the home (paint/ siding), lawn, flower beds, backyard, driveway, walkways, etc.). Curb appeal is key when trying to sell your home; it’s the first thing buyers will see when they look at your property, so it’s important to make a good impression with the outside of your home.

    1. Cut the grass at least once a week, and be sure to water your lawn and plants regularly to keep them looking lively and beautiful

    2. Depending on the season: rake up any leaves that have fallen, or clear your driveway and walkway of snow and ice

    3. Add potted plants and flowers near the entrance of your home to make the property seem more inviting to potential buyers; look for seasonally appropriate flowers for your area, i.e. ones that will survive the outside weather, to be sure that your plants will enhance the look of your home

    4. De-clutter your yard and driveway by removing cars and toys from the area. You want your property to appear clean and well-kept

    5. Be sure to repaint, or replace if necessary, any outside trim or siding that looks old or worn

    Inside of your home (flooring, walls, systems, etc.). Once buyers are drawn in by your curb appeal, you need to keep them interested and show them the beauty of your interior.

    1. Clean all of your carpets and hardwood floors, in every room. Stained carpet and dull or scratched wood flooring are a turnoff for most buyers who are looking for a “move-in ready” home

    2. Clean all furniture and fixtures in your home, including chairs, tables, beds, couches, lamps, and ceiling fans

    3. Repaint your walls and ceilings, especially if any of the paint is chipping or wearing away. If your walls and ceilings don’t require fresh paint, make sure you still wash them down with a soap water mixture to remove fingerprints or other smudges.

    4. Fix any non-working home systems (plumbing, electric, heating/cooling), and update older systems that aren’t as cost-effective or don’t work as well (we’re all about being green and efficient these days!)

    5. Make sure your home is well-lit for pictures and showings. If you don’t have a lot of windows, add lights under cabinets and in dark corners; this will increase the inviting-ness of your home.

    For more on preparation tips for selling your home, click here.

    http://www.inman.com/buyers-sellers/questions-answers/how-do-i-prepare-house-sale

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  • Fall "To-Do's" for your Home

    Posted Under: Home Selling, Curb Appeal, Remodel & Renovate  |  September 9, 2011 5:19 PM  |  216 views  |  No comments

    Fall provides the perfect opportunity for homeowners everywhere to prepare their homes for the weather change Winter is sure to bring! We find ourselves performing our home maintenance while the seasons change. The following are ten items to add to your "to-do" list to ensure you home is ready for the upcoming weather before the temperature drops. 



    Gutter Check

    • Clean your gutters frequently. Clogged gutters often cause damage to roofing from standing water. 
    One Last Mow and Trim
    • While it may feel as though you are ahead of the game for next year, maintaining your yard really improves your home's value and Fall happens to be a great time to fertilize and seed your lawn. Imagine your yard standing out among others in a season known for being dreary. 
    Cut Tree Limbs
    • The ice Winter brings tends to break the limbs off trees. Use the beautiful Fall weather to your advantage and trim the limbs one big snow could take down. This precautionary step could help avoid damaged property this Winter. 
     Powerwash
    • Summer causes driveways, sidewalks, patios and decks to get pretty dirty. Take the time to powerwash these items. If you decide to invest in a powerwasher you won't be disappointed! 
    Furniture Storage
    • A lot of outdoor furniture is made with the intention of being stored away during the Winter season. Prepare a storage place such as your garage or shed ahead of time to avoid damage to any furniture. 
    Heating your Home
    • Have you changed your filter recently? There is money to be saved and improved efficiency in the process of checking your furnace! 
    • Check the seals around your windows. Recaulk if necessary to ensure efficient heating and reduce the amount of heat escaping. 
    Chimney
    • To avoid chimney fires, remember to have yours cleaned each year!
    Pipes
    • Prevent freezing/bursting pipes by checking for insulation. 
    To read this full article by Carla Hill, click here 

  • Fall "To-Do's" for your Home

    Posted Under: Home Selling, Curb Appeal, Remodel & Renovate  |  September 9, 2011 5:19 PM  |  210 views  |  No comments

    Fall provides the perfect opportunity for homeowners everywhere to prepare their homes for the weather change Winter is sure to bring! We find ourselves performing our home maintenance while the seasons change. The following are ten items to add to your "to-do" list to ensure you home is ready for the upcoming weather before the temperature drops. 



    Gutter Check

    • Clean your gutters frequently. Clogged gutters often cause damage to roofing from standing water. 
    One Last Mow and Trim
    • While it may feel as though you are ahead of the game for next year, maintaining your yard really improves your home's value and Fall happens to be a great time to fertilize and seed your lawn. Imagine your yard standing out among others in a season known for being dreary. 
    Cut Tree Limbs
    • The ice Winter brings tends to break the limbs off trees. Use the beautiful Fall weather to your advantage and trim the limbs one big snow could take down. This precautionary step could help avoid damaged property this Winter. 
     Powerwash
    • Summer causes driveways, sidewalks, patios and decks to get pretty dirty. Take the time to powerwash these items. If you decide to invest in a powerwasher you won't be disappointed! 
    Furniture Storage
    • A lot of outdoor furniture is made with the intention of being stored away during the Winter season. Prepare a storage place such as your garage or shed ahead of time to avoid damage to any furniture. 
    Heating your Home
    • Have you changed your filter recently? There is money to be saved and improved efficiency in the process of checking your furnace! 
    • Check the seals around your windows. Recaulk if necessary to ensure efficient heating and reduce the amount of heat escaping. 
    Chimney
    • To avoid chimney fires, remember to have yours cleaned each year!
    Pipes
    • Prevent freezing/bursting pipes by checking for insulation. 
    To read this full article by Carla Hill, click here 

 
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