Is Your Home on the Market? A Painting Contractor and Lawncare Specialist Can Help You Sell
Buying a home is like courting: If you don't like the first
impressions, the relationship is doomed at the outset. As a home
seller, you hope that realtor's client in the car driving by your
house wants to set up a "date" with your home.
Curb appeal can help you land that date. A good painting
contractor and some pre-planning on lawncare are needed before the
listing contract is signed. Use a combination of your own sweat
equity and professional services to save money. For example:
- If your house needs little more than paint for the
trim and the fence, gather the family. Your teens can handle the
fence. You (and your brother-in-law) can do the house trim.
- If the whole house needs paint, get bids from three
licensed contractors. Check their references and their status with
the Better Business Bureau and the Registrar of Contractors.
- If your deck looks worn, rent a sander, then treat
it with polyurethane or a waterproof sealant.
- Change to soft, neutral hues--eggshell, tans, warm
grays-- inside and out. Your raspberry and green decor is not
likely to blend with your purchaser's decor. Ditto the bright pink
exterior. Neutrals maximize your selling chances.
- Another cost-saving choice is to hire a painting
contractor but to handle the lawncare yourself.
- Give your yard a custom-landscaped look by creating
much larger borders and gently curved lawn edges.
- You don't have to replant. Use bark or ornamental
rocks for the enlarged border.
- Reseed bare spots, weed, and treat for moles or
If your home is in otherwise good shape,
and a painting
contractor can give it the "eye candy" that creates an edge in
closing a sweetheart deal!
About the author: Suzanne Clemenz designed her
passive solar home and remodeled two others. She worked with
architects and contractors on floorplans, electrical, painting,
windows, flooring installations, flood prevention walls and
stonework, major drainage issues, an irrigation system and
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