Getting ready for the spring market.
Today, the home that stands out among similarly-priced houses is the home that sells. Why? Because it makes a good first impression that lasts.
You may not be able to improve the market value of your house (finish basement, remodel kitchen, etc.), but you can improve its marketability. And usually this can be done with more elbow grease than hard cash. The key is to put yourself in the buyer's shoes. In fact, if you drop by some open houses (you may soon be a buyer yourself), you'll pick up some pointers. Then practice making your house as appealing and uncluttered as the home you wish to buy.
The exterior. Start here with "curb appeal". Basics: A trim lawn, well-proportioned shrubs. Remove garden hoses, lawn tools, dog house and toys from the yard. Check for flat-fitting roof shingles; straight lines on gutters, shutters, windows and siding; solid caulking around frames and seams; paint. Keep walks and steps free of snow and ice.
Inside. Clean clean clean, and de-clutter,start packing up things you won't be using, Clear off counter tops,pack up seasonal clothing,make minor repairs and get the windows sparkling! A well kept home will attract more intresest than a home that hasn't been cared for!