Orland Park Cheap Home Seller Tip: Maximize Your Curb Appeal Dollar

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Orland Park Cheap Home Seller Tip: Maximize Your Curb Appeal Dollar


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Are you an Orland Park Home Seller and looking for a way to Maximize Your Curb Appeal Dollar? While there are a ton of ways to spend your hard earned money to give your home curb appeal, there is a way that is simple and CHEAP!

This somewhat down economy has caused quite a few folk to really think long and hard about how they spend their money. Some have decided to stay put and invest in upgrades like a kitchen or bathroom makeover. That can cost BIG BUCKS. And if you are really trying to sell your home and move to another, you might have a hard time justifying the expense and feel it is a gamble to a chance on getting your investment back.

Well consider this Orland Park Cheap Home Seller Tip: Maximize Your Curb Appeal Dollar by doing some major cleaning without the bother.

My townhome association is very diligent about maintenance. They feel that by spending money (being very frugal, of course) it will not only keep each unit owner happy, but will help to keep up the values of each owner. Last year during a walk-through they planted a few trees. A few years before the underground sprinkler system was connected to the connecting ponds to use the water for watering the lawns. The unit owners voted to dig a well on the premises. This turned out to be a major cost savings to all. This year part of the maintenance included having all concrete patios power-washed. Now at first I didn't think this was a good idea because I remembered  witnessing this activity by someone near-and-dear to me (won't mention names to protect the guilty) in their attempt to power-wash the side of our then single-family home. The water pressure was so strong that it not only cleaned the dirt off, it actually cut through the wood siding. DISASTER! But after talking with the contractor Mike, I learned that they had this nifty tool that was not only safe, but quiet and quick.

Our association contracted the Squeegee Squad out of New Lenox, IL to do the 108 units in our complex. A week before they were scheduled to come out they posted a reminder note to alert everyone of their arrival. Each homeowner will need to remove any items on their patio before their arrival to prevent any possible damage. Mike Schnyders, the Field Manager, and his crew arrived on time and immediately got to work. They were careful to block the patio-door screen to prevent damage. Then they whipped out this contraption that looked like a carpet shampoo machine. Mike says "I wish I had 10 of them". I guess it's fairly expensive, but if it gets the job done thats all that matters, right? It's kinda like us Realtors: to make money you need to spend money.

The entire process to clean our patio took all of 30 minutes and after it was complete it looked great. The 10+ years of dirt, crud, stains and patio scum were gone. None of my plants were damaged as their process is environmentally friendly. And best of all there was no god-awful smell either. They were so fast I barely was able to watch them work. Check out the video.

Now if you decide to have them do your patio cleaning and if you are not satisfied, Mike Schnyders, the Field Manager, promises to get back quickly to review their work and make it right.  

Here is the REAL deal: they also do WINDOWS! and gutter cleaning and skylights. We had Mike provide us a window-washing quote and as soon as we get a streak of warm weather, its a done deal.

In conclusion, I'm all for spending money and I like the latest and greatest home improvements too. But there is a lot to be said about a clean home. I'm sharing my opinion and  think you will appreciate this Orland Park Cheap Home Seller Tip: Maximize Your Curb Appeal Dollar and save some money. You will barely have to lift a finger and just might be able to convince your better half to fire up the grill in time for Memorial Day.

Have a Great Week Everyone!

Posted by

Rebecca Howard, Broker

Rebecca Howard, Managing Broker

15255 S. 94th Ave. Suite 544

Orland Park, IL 60462

Mobile: 708.703.0684

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Comments (4)

Charles Stallions Property Manager
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pace, FL
Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management

Good for them but way overkill to me, I look at the price to profit ratio myself

May 21, 2013 12:30 PM
Michele Eysie Mullen
Keller Williams - Westwood, MA

Interesting idea! Thanks for sharing!!

May 24, 2013 05:24 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I really have to pressure wash my decks soon.  My house isn't on the market, but I still like it to have curb appeal. :)

May 25, 2013 12:40 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Rebecca, sounds like the Squugee Squad is a most cost-effective way to beautify your complex!  And have a great Memorial Day weekend.

May 25, 2013 01:11 AM