Home Selling Tip: Don't Ignore The Honey Do List

Real Estate Agent with (512) 786-8300

Recently, I was *encouraged* to address a few items around the house that have been lingering. Being the real estate that I am, I didn't want to resemble the cobbler, whose kids have bad shoes.  I'm not sure, I've ever used a term as trite as the honey do list, but for the purposes of this post, I'll make an exception.

The thing about the aforementioned list, is that most of the requests are smart suggestions for maintaining ones home. Furthermore, the list address many of the items home sellers should consider before putting their home on the market. The big item on my list, was power washing the sidewalk and stone in front our home. The before and after was significant to say the least. Although I forgot to take pictures, I've included an example of what you can expect from a driveway power wash

This is an example of one of the top items that can really improve the appearance of a home. Power washing lasts up to two years. And the more you do it, the easier it will be the next time. Furthermore, it will really make a difference on home siding, and garage doors as well.

What are the other things that will make a difference, when it comes to the honey do list?

Painting- Shore up those walls that you have been meaning to. And don't let those ceilings go awry.

Flooring- Keep those carpets cleaned on a regular basis. The same goes for maintaining those hardwood floors.

Exterior- Keep that roof maintained as well possible. Leaks can run up bills in other areas of the home. Keep the fence in good repair. Plant those flowers. And caulk, caulk, caulk.

For a good list, check out this MSN link:







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Scott Hayes

Austin Real Estate Agency

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Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease


Smart man!  I have a very handy husband, but my items don't always get priority.  To keep peace, I have my real estate handyman take care of things when my spouse is on his annual golf trip!  Everyone is happy now. 

Good idea, not to put it off.  Keep the house in decent shape and enjoy it.

All the best, Michelle

Aug 13, 2010 04:46 PM #1
Stanley Stepak
Howard Hanna - Avon Lake, OH - Avon Lake, OH
Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake,

Great little post.  I like your title "honey do list"

Aug 13, 2010 04:46 PM #2
Susan Hamblen
Exit Realty Achieve - Smithtown, NY
Making the world a happier place...one client, one

Great tips for keeping the home in tip top shape.

Aug 13, 2010 04:47 PM #3
Marilyn Boudreaux
Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.'s - Lake Charles, LA
Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor

Scott so true just like sellers and homeowners, realtors also have to spruce up!  Sounds like we have the same list going on, we have been painting, pressure wash is next, then gutters on the back of the house!

Aug 13, 2010 04:54 PM #4
Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA - Eureka, CA
Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA

Hi Scott, great input.  Keep up or pay when you go to sell!

Aug 13, 2010 05:30 PM #5
Patrick White
Home Driven Realty, Inc - Baldwin, NY
Driven to bring New Yorkers home

Good Morning Scott,

Thanks for the post. Have a great day.

Aug 13, 2010 06:20 PM #6
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Great tips for the potential sellers!    Curb appeal can bring many sign calls, and so important!

Aug 14, 2010 01:07 AM #7
Balboa Real Estate San Diego, CA - San Diego, CA


I never would have thought of power washing a drive way, what a difference. Thanks for the tip.

Aug 15, 2010 04:35 AM #8
Scott Hayes
(512) 786-8300 - Austin, TX
Realty Austin, Broker Associate

Thanks for the comments guys. I've checked a few other things off my list. Really important for potential sellers

Aug 16, 2010 10:56 AM #9
Samantha Smith
214.422.0729 www.SamIAmHouses.com - Rowlett, TX
Sam I Am Houses, Simply Texas Real Estate

LOL  -  my husband wont be to happy with this post but I am!  But really, it's true - Curb Appeal is really what gets potential buyers to do a 2nd look at a house & investigate the neighborhood.  Power Washing, Painting, & a few colorful plants/flowers will have those potential buyers doing a double take wanting to buy this house a "beer" to learn more about it.

Aug 17, 2010 05:14 PM #10
Scott Hayes
(512) 786-8300 - Austin, TX
Realty Austin, Broker Associate

Samantha. I'm afraid I have a lot in common with your husband. But I have to say addressing the list really makes a difference.

Aug 17, 2010 05:23 PM #11
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