Minor Home Renovation

By: Rick Skew

Only a few years ago, you could placed a "For Sale" sign in the front of a house and within a few days a line of buyers would develop, each vying to offer the highest bid. Those days are long gone now.

Today there's a record list of homes on the market. When a possible buyer comes to see your house, you need to realize that they have possibly already have viewed dozens of homes much like yours. How does your home look in contrast to the competition? Why should they buy your home instead of the competitions? You will always think yout home is better than everybody elses, but is it really?

When we inhabit a home every day, we usually tend to overlook the imperfections. It is always a good idea to obtain an truthful evaluation of how your home appears to possible buyers, it always helps to get a a set of fresh eyes have a to look at it. One way to find out how your home compares to the 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 fix your home up ready for selling. You don't need to sign a listing contract with an agent to get them to evaluate the condition of your house. Most estate agents will be happy to assist you because they're wanting to get your listing whenever you're prepared to sell. Ask the agent to be very brutally honest, saving your feelings now seriously isn't going to get you the fastest sale and best price for your home. There is one more item you will require to look at before putting your house up for sale, and that's curb appeal.

Does your home have Curb Appeal?
When a possible buyer comes up the street, what will be the first feeling they get of your home? When you are renovating your house, you will need to start with what a possible buyer will see first. If a buyer is keeping your house under consideration, they will 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 are they going to? Is the footpath or driveway cracked or dirty? Is it covered with dirt from runoff after the last rainfall?

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

What is the condition of the lawn? Assuming that you don't have desert like landscaping, is your lawn as green as it could 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 some flowers along the pathway leading to the front door. If you cannot do the landscape work yourself, you might want to hire a landscaper. Remove any rubbish from the front and rear of your house.

If you don't have the time to do this sort of work yourelf then use RightTrader to locate the right people who will be capable of doing the work that you don't have the time to do yourself.

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I have spent a lot of my time working for a company called Home Renovation London, and I have seen some pretty sites and some not so pretty sites. I now run my own building maintenance company and I really enjoy the work.

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