Make First Impressions Last

Let’s role play for a minute…

Imagine yourself as a first time home buyer (which some of you very well may be!). What types of things are you going to be looking for when you pull up to what you hope to be your dream house that’s for sale? Now there are many different answers that could be given and a lot of it is obviously personal preference, but what we can all agree on is that you want the home to be in as good of condition as possible as soon as you pull up!

What Will They See First?

So the exterior of the house is obviously going to be the first thing that your potential buyer sees (unless it’s a blind auction, but that’s a whole other subject). Keeping that in mind, you want to make sure that the first impression that you make is a good one and one that is going to stick in their heads as they continue on looking at other homes for sale.

paintingThis is why we can’t stress the importance of hiring professional contractors and companies enough.

Continuing our theme from earlier and giving an applicable example, hiring professional roofing companies (like the one seen here) can potentially add thousands of dollars to your homes value. We recently hired a sewer line replacement for our apartment and the estimated home value that we saved is in the 6 figures.

If it is painfully obvious that the husband of the house strapped on his tool belt and did “the best he could” on any parts of the house (especially the roof!), any serious buyer will almost certainly be turned away to better kept homes.


Leave it to the Pros

On our last post we ended with a little subject that is very important and should be talked about in more detail (click here if you missed it). If you are in the process of selling your home, or any home owner for the matter, it is very important that you don’t try to take on any tasks that might be a little over your capabilities. We can’t tell you how many people we have seen over the years begin a home renovation project and within a week there has been more damage than when they began.

When in Doubt, Call

toyhouseMaybe there are some ladies out there reading this who have found themselves stuck with a stubborn and confident husband, believing they are able to build a house from scratch with his bare hands.

While there very well may be a lot out there who are more than capable of doing so, more often than not there will be a home inspection agency who would be able to write a book on missed steps or things that are not up to code, eventually costing you more money than you anticipated.

In order to avoid these situations, you should always call and get a second opinion from a licensed contractor who specializes in the work that you are trying to do. The majority of them are willing to come and give you a free quote and inspection on the job so there really is nothing to lose.


Now For the One’s Who Already Own

Now that you got our little introduction on the benefits of owning your own home, we can change gears a little bit and talk to those out there who are already home owners and are interested in selling.  Both the buying and selling process can be very tedious and time consuming but this is especially true for selling.

House Exterior

buyNeedless to say, the more work (and as a result, money) that you put into your home and property the higher the overall value and your rate of return will ultimately be.

Don’t cut any corners if you are having any major renovations or repairs done to your home because any reputable home inspection agency will be thrilled to bring them to any potential buyer’s attention.

This is why it is imperative that you hire contractors and home improvement experts that have a reputation and portfolio to back them up with. – Roof Replacement & Repair is an example of a professional, honest, and reputable company that we have been recommending to our clients for years in the Chicago area. Believe us when we say that investing in a professional home improvement or renovation company is always a worthy one to make.

If you don’t have the experience it takes to handle any major home repairs or renovations then don’t try to learn before you decide to put your home on the market. Not only can this be deceitful to potential buyers, but it can also be dangerous! It is best to leave this kind of work to the professionals.