Home Renovation Projects.

By: Rick Skew

Only a few years ago, you could have put a "For Sale" sign in the front of your house and inside a couple of days a line of buyers would form, each vying to offer the best bid. Those days are long gone now.

Today there's a record list of houses on the marketplace. If a potential buyer arrives to see your home, you need to realize that they have probably already have looked at dozens of homes just like yours. How does your house look in comparison to your competition? Why should they buy your home instead of the competitions? You will always think your home is better than everybody elses, but is it really?

When you inhabit a house day by day, we usually overlook the faults. It is always a good idea to get an honest evaluation of how your home appears to potential buyers, it always helps to get a a set of fresh eyes have a to look at it. One way to learn how your house compares to your competition is to ask a real estate agent to have a look at your home.

Just ask a few agents to come by and ask them what they would suggest you do to fit your home up ready for selling. You do not be required to sign a listing contract with an agent to get them to guage the condition of your home. Most estate agents will be happy to help you because they are hoping to get your listing whenever you're ready to sell. Ask the agent to be very brutally honest, saving your feelings now seriously isn't going to get you the quickest sale and best price for your home. Ask them if a little renovation would improve the price. There is one more item you will want to look at before putting your house up for sale, and that's curb appeal.

Does your house have Curb Appeal?
When a potential buyer comes up your street, what will be the first feeling they get of your house? When you are renovating your home, you will want to start with what a potential buyer will see first. If a buyer is keeping your home under consideration, they are going to drive by several times without their agent at different times of the day and without coming inside.

What is the condition of the footpath and driveway? When an agent pulls up with a potential buyer, what will they step out onto? Is the sidewalk or driveway cracked or discolored? Is it covered with dirt from run-off after the recent rainfall?

There are chemicals available which will remove stains from concrete. If your driveway is asphalt, you can get crack filler and coating to make the asphalt look new. If the public footpath in front of the home is cracked, you can work with your local council to get it fixed. You may need to get a new driveway or footpath poured. It's expensive, but you may want to spend the money in order to get that all-important curb appeal.

What is the condition of your lawn? Assuming that you don't have desert like landscaping, is your lawn as green as it can be, or are there many brown spots. If your lawn is less than perfect, you should do something about it. Fertilize and replant dead grass and water more frequently.

If the trees and bushes in front of your home look partially dead or are overgrown, you will want to trim them. Add some colour to the front landscaping by planting a few flowers along the pathway leading to the front door. If you can't do the landscape work yourself, you might want to hire a landscaper. Remove any rubbish from the front and rear of your house.

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