If you need major improvements or renovations to your house, do them before you put it on the market. The average buyer simply does not have the “vision” necessary to see the job done (if you are planning to do the improvements prior to closing). If you are attempting to sell the house as a “fixer-upper” be aware that even though many buyers say that this is what they want, when confronted with the prospect of actually buying one, they often run for the hills!
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2.Overall appearance: If the exterior of the house is dirty or moldy, powerwash it. If it is in need of paint, get competitive bids if you can’t do it yourself.
3.Grass: If possible, reseed any bare areas of the lawn.
4.Landscaping: Trim all shrubbery and plantings. Trim trees if necessary, especially dead limbs
5.Driveway: If the driveway is stone and looking lean, add a coat of gravel. If it is asphalt, consider resealing.
6.Decks and porches: Power wash and seal, stain or paint.
7.Gutters and downspouts: Check gutters and downspouts to make sure they are clear and functioning properly.
8.Lights: Make sure that all exterior lights are operational.
9.Landscaping: If the season is right, plant colorful flowers where appropriate.
10.Landscaping: Add mulch to planting beds and around trees. An inexpensive but very effective way of freshening the look of the yard.
11.Windows: Make sure the exterior (and the interior) of windows is clean and operational.