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- Getting top dollar for your home.

- Home improvements that increase home value.
- Quality paint vs. garbage paint (real savings?).
- Powerwashing -> Should you try it yourself?
- GMaintenence -> Checklist -> prevent costly repairs.

“Getting top dollar for your home”
      Everyone knows that a home in good condition will appraise for more, and sell for more than would a home in bad condition. The first thing potential buyers see when they arrive at your home is its exterior. This is called curb appeal. They look at the condition of your siding, driveway, walkways, wood decks and fences, and your roof. If they see mold or discoloration on your roof, oil stains in the driveway, dirt and mold on your siding, or even worse, peeling paint or mismatched colored siding, they form a negative opinion about your home. They become reluctant to pay full price, or even consider buying in the first place.

      All of these conditions can be remedied by a thorough power washing, and some painting. Things like roofs, decks, fences, walkways, and driveways almost always need to be power washed to look their best. They are horizontal surfaces, and therefore subject to the most punishment from natures elements. All of these surfaces are prone to mildew and mold, and bleaching by the suns powerful UV rays. There are house washing solutions available at Home Depot and Lowes, as well as your local paint store. They work by killing mold and mildew, and brightening woods top layers. They leave the surface looking almost new, and then you can apply whatever type of finish the surface calls for to protect it.

      Other areas that make an impression on potential buyers are the front door, the mail box, house numbers, and handrails by the front door. Each of these areas needs to be addressed as well when thinking of selling your house. Most of the time, painting is all that is required for these surfaces, but on occasion, you may be able to just clean them very well using spray-nine, or fantastic spray cleaner and water, with a soft sponge.

      Something else to keep in mind when painting to sell your home is color selection. You may feel that you have very good taste, but the potential buyers may not agree with you. It is almost always best to leave your home painted a basic off white with white trim when showing your home for sale. The exception to this rule is when you have a style of home that is best shown with the architectural details in different colors, to showcase the details.

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