Ready to Sell, Getting the Exterior Ready

Real Estate Agent with Harry Norman Realtors GA#255705 NC#204194


When getting your home ready to sell, sprucing up the exterior can have a major impact on getting buyers in the door. One of the biggest decisions is whether or not to paint/stain the exterior. When you look at the home from across the street or from a distance, does it look old and faded? If so, it is often a very good investment to paint/stain the outside because it really spruces up the appearance of a house.

When deciding what color to paint, it should not be something unusual, but a color that fits in well with the neighborhood or surrounding area. I drove into a cabin community to show property and right in the middle of a number of nice looking log cabins, sat a home that had been painted turquoise - this was not appealing to my buyers. So, chose wisely.

Roofs can be another item that may need attention. If the roof leaks, fix it! If not, you will have to disclose that the roof leaks and buyers may ask you to replace the entire roof. If you know that it leaks and you don't disclose it, you are asking for trouble. If your roof is dirty and looks older than it is, have it pressure washed.

If possible, keep your yard in tip top shape. Overgrown grass and weeds can make even the nicest of homes look drab.



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Karyn Smith Woody, Realtor


Harry Norman Realtors

Blairsville Office- 63 Murphy Hwy - Blairsville, GA 30512


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David Width Jr.
Little Egg Harbor, NJ

Totally agree with your post. First of all if the home has a old and faded look to it, buyers are going to feel that the home itself is old and faded. Secondly, about the roof, if your roof is stained and looks older, also customers are going to factor that in when they are going to make an offer eventhough the roof could be perfectly fine. Buyers tend to over exaggerate when they see something that they think is problem, eventhough it may be nothing.

Jan 23, 2009 01:50 AM #1
Karyn Smith Woody
Harry Norman Realtors - Blairsville, GA

Thanks David for your comments!

Jan 25, 2009 06:38 AM #2
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