Preparing Your Home For Sale - Exterior Advice

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Preparing your home for sale - Exterior Advice

Barbara-Jo's Beach Blog,ClearwaterFloridaRealEstateBlog.comYou have the interior ready for sale and now we need to focus on the exterior of your home before it goes on the market. Remember, these things will not only assist in getting top dollar for your home but will also expedite the time until you get that contract signed. People want homes that are ready to move into, not homes that they have to spend a lot of time working on before they can feel at home. Taking care of this list NOW will get it sold quicker!

What does your exterior look like? Have you kept up with the landscaping? First appearances are vital to getting the prospective buyers in the front door! Most buyers drive past the property and the neighborhood first, so decide if they even WANT to look inside. That landscaping IS important.

How about the paint? Have you kept it up or would a little touch-up or pressure cleaning really help make it shine again? The gutters are important. Are they cleaned out? The home inspector will certainly be checking on that as well as making sure they are in working order and attached properly. Do they drain away from the house or are you collecting water at the base of the house? These are all important things to consider.

The roof needs to be in good condition unless you want to negotiate for the price of a new roof. Have you kept the roof up? How about the chimney if there is one? Has it been serviced? The home inspection will cover that as well.

If you have a pool, as so many homes here in the Crystal Beach and Palm Harbor Florida area do, is it working properly? Is the solar heating in order if there is solar heating? How about that cage around the pool and lanai? Need a cleaning? How about the surface around the pool? Would a power washing help?

While you may think this is asking to much, remember that if you DON'T address these things, they WILL be addressed when the price is negotiated on your home. Do yourself a favor and take care of these items now.


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Rainmaker
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The sale of a home does have everything to do with the condition of the home.

May 24, 2012 08:39 AM
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Absolutely, Tim and people need to realize that!

May 24, 2012 08:43 AM
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Barbara-Jo, Very nice focus on the home exterior when preparing a home for sale! I hit the suggest button --- have a great day in Florida!

May 24, 2012 08:47 AM
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Thanks, William!!! Ii IS now featured!

May 24, 2012 08:59 AM
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Barbara-Jo-every seller needs to read this.  I've driven up to a home and didn't even want to go inside because of its exterior appearance.  Caring for your exterior can go a long way in making the buyer want to step out of the car and go inside to see the rest of the house. 

May 24, 2012 11:55 AM
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Kathy - Sometimes you have to wonder what people are thinking. Everybody wants top dollar but only well cared for homes are going to BRING top dollar!

May 24, 2012 01:08 PM
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Dave Kinkade
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I think people don't really stop to consider how their house appears to a buyer.  They are so used to seeing it that they overlook many of the flaws that a buyer will instantly spot.  It is remarkable how much difference simply fertilizing the lawn and keeping nice sharp edges on the grass along the sidewalk and driveway can make. 

May 24, 2012 01:22 PM
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That is why it is VITAL that they hire a PROFESSIONAL to give them much needed advice and guidance, Dave.

May 24, 2012 01:25 PM
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Dave Kinkade
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You're absolutely right, Barbara-Jo.  Your comment to Kathy was spot-on: Everybody wants top dollar but not as many care to invest in the appearance of their home.  Nice post and congrats on it being featured!

May 24, 2012 01:36 PM
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Joan Cox
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Barbara-Jo, what great advice, as the exterior and curb appeal is the first impression for all buyers!

May 24, 2012 01:44 PM
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Thanks, Dave - I checked out your profile and those are some AWESOME photos of Tampa! It sure has grown since my family moved here in 1954!!!

Joan - Indeed it is and so often people fail to realize that.

May 24, 2012 02:07 PM
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Dave Kinkade
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Barbara-Jo, you are entirely too kind!  I'm a total geek when I get a camera in hand.  It is amazing how much the bay area has grown and matured over the years.  I am anxious to get some of those 'Chamber of Commerce' type shots of Clearwater as well.  What a great place to live!

May 24, 2012 06:26 PM
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Sharon Parisi
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These are all great exterior ideas.  The exterior needs to look its best in order to get people inside!

May 24, 2012 11:21 PM
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Gabe Sanders
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Very true Barbara-Jo, the first impression of a beautiful exterior can often make the sale.  

May 25, 2012 03:43 AM
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c)
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Barbara-Jo, Great tips. The outside should be a picture of what to expect on the inside and it will bring buyers through the front door quicker than one that has not been taken care of!

May 25, 2012 05:23 AM
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Dave - yes, living on the Gulf Coast is indeed wonderful!

Sharon - When people ask WHY a neighbor's home sold within days, they need to notice things like exterior appearance.

Gabe - thanks for commenting

Larry and Sheila - absolutely and homeowners need to remember that important fact

May 25, 2012 12:04 PM
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Howdy and evening Barbara Jo

Barbara Jo my friend, these sure are mighty fine tips you gave to Sellers, not only for your area but folks all across our Great Country sure can use them.

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

May 26, 2012 10:52 PM
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thanks, Dale!

May 27, 2012 02:35 PM
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