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Home Buyer's Recession Survival Guide - Learn The Value Of Curb Appeal

Updated on May 26, 2009

Curb appeal may be the second most important real estate prerequisite directly after Location, Location, Location. It has been proven countless times that a house which is pleasantly landscaped, clean, tidy, freshly painted and sweet-smelling is going to sell at a much higher price than an identical home that is filthy, has peeling paint, kicked-in doors, cratered drive, a Confederate flag in the living room window, and waist high grass almost hiding the rusting '69 El Camino on blocks.

In order to get top dollar for your house, you may have to invest first in some materials from the DIY store and some elbow grease. If you are physically unable to do the work yourself, then you will need to hire qualified contractors who can do it, and do it well. You should consider all the aesthetic aspects of your home. Curb appeal is not just an exterior allure, but it has to extend to every room in the house.

Some things are easy, like making sure that the house is well dusted and all the cobwebs and dust bunnies are swept from the corners. Some things are more expensive to fix. Every external aspect as landscaping, drive paving, fencing, paint/siding, roofing, eavestroughs, window shutters, doors, trim, and lights has to be in the very best condition it can be. The internal aspects must be at an equal and impeccable level from paint, flooring, furniture, window treatments, electrical fixtures and appliances, kitchen cabinets and surfaces, and bathroom fixtures. You don't necessarily have to make your house look like the cover of Better Homes & Gardens, but it has to be spotlessly clean and free from clutter and mess.

There are many lovely houses that have all those aspects well-covered but stay on the market unsold for months because there is a stack of dirty clothes and stinky socks in the living room that reaches the ceiling. You don't have to just clear out your clutter to please the feng shui enthusiasts, but because a potential buyer doesn't want to see your kids' underwear hanging from the doorknobs.

You can always tell the great real estate agents from the mediocre ones by one factor. Do they show up at the open house holding with a stack of business cards, or with a sheaf of fresh flowers and a couple of "bake at home" large french or sourdough bread loaves? The flowers are to be attractively placed all over the house, and the bread goes in the oven at around 250F and stays there all day. By the end of the open house, it will be as hard as a rock and will go directly in the trash, but in the meantime, it's filled the house with the tantalizing aroma of fresh baked bread. Research has proven that buyers are suckers for the smell of baking goods as it's just so "homey"!

Talk to your Mortgage professional about an equity loan that you can pay back at closing time, which will allow you to get your current property looking like a real house and not a junkyard before you put it on the market.

 

Read The Entire Survival Guide

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Home Buyer's Recession Survival Guide - Five Common Mistakes House Buyers Make
Home Buyer's Recession Survival Guide - Get Your Home Sold Quickly & At Your Asking Price
Home Buyer's Recession Survival Guide - Improve Your Home's Value And Sell It For More!
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Home Buyer's Recession Survival Guide - Getting A Mortgage From Different Types Of Lenders
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