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.
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.