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Spring Market In Raleigh
When you were a kid, did your mother ever lick her finger and use it to wipe something off your face? Disgusting yes, but we didn't have wipes or hand sanitizer in the 70s and 80s so our parents had to make-do. And while the idea still makes me cringe, somehow the damp finger was better than a crumbled up Kleenex fished out from the bottom of her handbag. First impressions matter and getting rid of a chocolate milk mustache was one way to show others you were a good parent.
The same goes for putting your house on the market. You need to make your home look it's best to attract the best offers. Every agent talks about curb appeal and how important it is. Typically, the spring market is the peak season for real estate. The yards are in bloom, the weather makes it easy to traipse around neighborhoods and the timing often allows a move to happen when school is out. But if there are a lot of buyers, there are lots of sellers too. So standing out becomes ever more important. Here are some tips for boosting curb appeal; many can be done in a weekend.
1. CLEAN UP THE LAWN: Remove kids toys, trim bushes below window level, pull dead limbs from the winter, scatter mulch on flower beds. A few potted plants or window boxes give the home a happy, welcoming start. Pick plants or flowers that pop color and are not high maintenance.
2. POWER WASH THE DRIVEWAY: And sidewalk and porch.
3. FRESH COAT OF PAINT: If you can't do the house, think about the trim or just a new front door color. It's like a facelift for you home.
4. REPLACE OR CLEAN LIGHT FIXTURES: No one looks good after standing in the rain a pollen for years. Lights on the house need a freshen up and if you have landscape lighting, make sure it is in working order with new bulbs.
5. NEW HARDWARE: A new door knocker, mailbox, and house numbers make your home easy to spot -and remember
6. STAGE THE AREA: If you have a feature like a front porch that will really help sell the home, you should emphasize it with staging. Lindsay the Stager has some great ideas for how to not just make your home look good, but to turn it into more money on the sale price.
If you are thinking of selling your home, make sure you put your best foot forward the first time. Because you never get a second chance to make a first impression. The greatest chance you have of selling your home is in the first 25 days on market. So make it look good and price it right. If you are curious about any of these tips or want more info on how to sell your home, click here!
Melanie Jones is a real estate broker in Raleigh and the greater Triangle area who is known for her tenacity and passion. The key to her success hinges on one thing: people. Melanie starts every trans....
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