Monday, October 31, 2016 / by The Benjamin Group
First impressions are everything. An attractive exterior can make or break a home when it is on the market. It is important to understand that curb appeal matters. According to statistics, 63 percent of buyers will drive by after seeing your home online. With that being said, let’s address some simple changes that can make a difference in the first live snapshot that a buyer gets of your home.
Clean up leaves and debris
Never slack off on lawn maintenance when your house is on the market. Remove fallen leave, patch grass, and sweep sidewalks and driveways.
There are many species of fall flowers that will add color brilliance to your home during the fall season. Don’t be afraid to replace those browning summer flowers with the brilliance of Mums Aster, Goldenrod, Helenium and many more.
Clean all garden beds, prune shrubs and bushes and pull weeds. Add rocks where needed and replace faded and weather warn mulch with a fresh ba ...
Monday, October 24, 2016 / by The Benjamin Group
Scratched hardwood floors
The bad news is hardwood floors can take a beating and scratches happen. From dogs to kids to moving furniture. Scratches are going to happen. The good news is there are many simple fixes to make those floors gleam again without breaking your budget. Some minor scratches and blemishes may be corrected simply with wax sticks or wood stain markers available at your local home improvement store. Don’t be afraid to use color combinations to create the perfect match for your floors.
Let’s face it. Owning a home does require regular maintenance and upkeep. Occasionally one may experience chipped paint in a visible area of their home. This is a simple fix. Lightly scrape the area and roll on a fresh coat or two of the same color paint and voila.
Electrical cover plates
Who know all the different ways that cover plates get cracked and broken? Many times we grow accustomed to seeing them so they don&rsq ...
Friday, October 14, 2016 / by The Benjamin Group
Are you ready to put your house on the market but you don’t know where to start? Here are a few tricks of the trade to help you get top dollar when selling your home.
#1 Remove the clutter
Many of us don’t like to admit it, but we are surrounded by a ton of unnecessary paper, nicnac’s and just a lot of stuff. These things make your home feel much smaller than it is. Space is a premium in real estate so to get more bang for your buck take the time and clear it all out. Buyers will want to see unencumbered entry and hallways along with clean countertops, tables and clear closets. Clean spaces will make it much easier for an agent to show your home and its full potential.
#2 Do a deep cleaning
Countless numbers of potential home buyers have rushed through a showing because of a unkept home. Mopping, cleaning windowsills, baseboards, grout lines and cobwebs are just a few tasks that will definitely make a difference. Don& ...
Thursday, July 07, 2016 / by Cheri Benjamin
If you’re selling your home on a tight budget, there’s no need to break the bank to raise your property value. There are a handful of projects you can do for free, all of which will go a long way towards hooking a buyer. Here are a few of them:
1) Touch Up The Paint. You don’t need to repaint your walls before selling a home, but you should touch up any smudges that won’t wipe off. Chances are good that you’ve got some leftover paint in your cellar or shed from the last time the walls were painted, so stir it up and lay it on where needed. It will take some time for the new paint to darken and match, so make sure you do this at least a week before showing the house.
2) Fill Wasted Space. If there’s a room in your house that’s not really doing much, it’s time to give it some purpose. Add a desk and a computer, then tell people it’s an office. Or maybe you ...
Monday, June 27, 2016 / by Cheri Benjamin
Creating a beautiful backyard isn’t something that comes up in real estate selling tips very often. Because the backyard is behind the home and usually doesn’t have major impact on curb appeal, most sellers spend their time and energy on landscaping the front yard. But spending some time behind the house can make a big difference. Here are some real estate tips for quickly sprucing up the backyard:
Basic maintenance. At the very least, you should make sure the lawn is trimmed and green, relatively free of weeds and safe. Even if they can’t see if from the curb, people will still venture into the backyard, so make sure it’s neat and clean even if you’re not planning on doing anything else.
Decks and patios. If the home doesn’t already have a deck or patio, this could be a great opportunity to add some extra value to the property. The most important thing to remember when building a ...