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Getting top dollar for your home.
improvements that increase home value.
Quality paint vs. garbage paint (real savings?).
Powerwashing -> Should you try it yourself?
GMaintenence -> Checklist -> prevent costly repairs.
“Getting top dollar for your home”
Everyone knows that a home in good condition will appraise
for more, and sell for more than would a home in bad
condition. The first thing potential buyers see when they
arrive at your home is its exterior. This is called curb
appeal. They look at the condition of your siding, driveway,
walkways, wood decks and fences, and your roof. If they see
mold or discoloration on your roof, oil stains in the
driveway, dirt and mold on your siding, or even worse, peeling
paint or mismatched colored siding, they form a negative
opinion about your home. They become reluctant to pay full
price, or even consider buying in the first place.
All of these conditions can be remedied by a thorough power
washing, and some painting. Things like roofs, decks, fences,
walkways, and driveways almost always need to be power washed
to look their best. They are horizontal surfaces, and
therefore subject to the most punishment from natures
elements. All of these surfaces are prone to mildew and mold,
and bleaching by the suns powerful UV rays. There are house
washing solutions available at Home Depot and Lowes, as well
as your local paint store. They work by killing mold and
mildew, and brightening woods top layers. They leave the
surface looking almost new, and then you can apply whatever
type of finish the surface calls for to protect it.
Other areas that make an impression on potential buyers are
the front door, the mail box, house numbers, and handrails by
the front door. Each of these areas needs to be addressed as
well when thinking of selling your house. Most of the time,
painting is all that is required for these surfaces, but on
occasion, you may be able to just clean them very well using
spray-nine, or fantastic spray cleaner and water, with a soft
Something else to keep in mind when painting to sell your home
is color selection. You may feel that you have very good taste,
but the potential buyers may not agree with you. It is almost
always best to leave your home painted a basic off white with
white trim when showing your home for sale. The exception to
this rule is when you have a style of home that is best shown
with the architectural details in different colors, to showcase
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