Yesterday I was driving to a showing appointment and arrived early. I decided to drive around the neighborhood and look for any homes selling by owners. This specific neighborhood amazed me at the diversity of pride in home ownership. There is usually a few homes in a neighborhood that you can immediately tell that the owners are proud of there home. The exterior paint and trim are clean. The landscape is meticulous, oh and how about that lawn. The one that puts all us guys to shame. You know, the one that is about 4 inches thick, perfectly squared and trimmed around all the sidewalks and trees. What surprised me the most of this one neighborhood was that you could drive down one street and there where many of these great looking homes. Then you go around the other street and it was the total opposite. All the homes looked as if they were abandoned and the owners could care less of there curb un-appeal. I decided to blog about this because as agents we are constantly meeting homeowners who expect the highest amount of return on there homes when they sell. Many of them have no pride about there home.
It is very important that as a homeowner, you take the time to take care of your biggest financial investment. Go back, and remember how happy you were when you first moved in. You were excited about everything. You got to pick out paint colors, buy new furniture or maybe you even added new landscaping etc. Those moments where fun and invigorating. You where proud of your castle. Those feelings need to carry over to your prospected buyers. The more you take care of your home by doing the basic maintenance the more you will be able to sell for in the future. We love to see those 4 inch lawns and gorgeous landscaping when showing a home. I love it even more when it has my for sale sign out front :).
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