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Spring Cleanup adds value to your home | Real Estate | Cape Cod

Maximize the Sale Price of Your Home this Spring

    Potential sellers always ask us about the best ways to maximize the sale price of their home.  Even before we begin the conversation we frequently see defeat in their eyes because they expect us to name big big ticket items like kitchens, roofs, or bathrooms.  While these can indeed help to maximize return we think these three low-cost projects are an excellent use of homeowner resources.  

1. Landscaping

    We understand, trying to maintain a yard on Cape Cod is asking a lot. Pitch pine needles and salt spray are not conducive to green and lush grass, but who says you have to have perfect grass to have curb appeal?  Using local plants that thrive on the Cape is a great way to improve the health of the local ecosystem as well as make your home feel like it fits into the landscape.  Check out the link here for more information on local species.  Furthermore simple clean-up tasks like edging and mulching your flowers, cutting your grass, and removing downed trees and branches all improve the look and feel of your home.

2. Wash and Paint

    Now don't get too excited, we understand that painting trim and siding is an expensive job for a professional and time consuming for the owner-enthusiast.  However peeling paint can be an immediate turn off to potential buyers so here is our recommendation - wash the house and touch-up the paint.  Washing doesn't have to involve a professional company - a garden hose and sturdy brush will clean much of what needs to be taken care of.  Rain splatters dirt around the foundation and shaded areas provide excellent habitat for mildew, moss, or lichen.  Pay special attention to removing mildew in corners and on or around gutters.   

  Painting can seem onerous as well but the good news is that it really isn't that bad.  Keeping up with flakes and chips every spring adds years to the life of a paint job and makes your home look well-tended and loved (which adds a lot of value).  Open a paint can (that matches the color please) and spend a few minutes a day walking around and retouching. 

3. Do That 'Honey-Do'

    All homeowner's have a project in the yard that makes them say,  'I really do need to get this done'.  Weeding paths, planting flower boxes, fixing broken fence rails, repairing screens or cracked glass, etc... stop procrastinating and do it already.  Those little projects are on your list and they will be on a buyer's as well.  No one wants something preventing the sale of their home, so take care of that nagging thing today.  

 

 

  One example is 9 Osborn Snow Drive, East Dennis.  While we all wish we could have such a spectacular luxury home we can still learn a lot from its neat and tidy planted gardens and ornamental plants that are BELOW the windows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Here is another wonderful home, 41 Deacon Court, Barnstable.  Notice the neatly kept crushed stone driveway, low plants and maintained paint.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Here is a beautiful example of a new listing coming soon to the market.  23 Millers Road South Dennis.  We choose it as our stellar example of a perfectly maintained Cape Ranch.  

 

 

 

 

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Client Testimonials

 Ed and Agnes Chatelain are extraordinary. They were honest, clear, patient and extremely helpful. We purchased a house with them recently in Dennis Port. They were very helpful in listening to our preferences and helping us find the home that was right for us.Patience: Ed and Agnes gladly showed us the same house many, many times and never ever showed us any pressure. In the end, we decided to not buy that house or even in that year, but we immediately went back to Ed and Agnes when it was time to buy.Process: Ed and Agnes were extremely helpful with all details of the buying process. We were very comfortable with their advice, guidance and ideas.Repeat: If we decide to move on the Cape, we will almost certainly ask Ed and Agnes if they are willing to help us both sell our current home and find a new one. They are a pleasure to work with.Details: There was never a detail that Ed and Agnes didn’t cover. They were persistent in making sure everything was done, correctly, completely and in our own best interests.Fun: Ed and Agnes are both fun to be around. They make what some people find to be a stressful experience – buying a house – quite a pleasure.Recommendation: I searched for and met many Real Estate agents on Cape Cod. My search ended with Ed and Agnes. I would recommend them to anyone.Comfort and Trust: Ed and Agnes are wonderful and kind people. I trust them both completely.Smarts: Ed and Agnes know Real Estate. Ed and Agnes know Cape Cod. They are experts in the field. I recommend them to anyone. 

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