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7 home maintenance tasks sellers must do before listing

Check out this great article written by Cara Ameer:

7 home maintenance tasks sellers must do before listing

Proactive is the buzzword when addressing both cosmetic and mechanical components of a listing

BYCARA AMEER

It’s that time of year again, the 2018 selling season is upon us. If you have clients getting ready to put their home on the market, the task list to prep for the market can seem endless.

To make it easy, we’ve compiled a home maintenance list for you of the seven things sellers should do before putting that for sale sign in the ground.

Spruce up the exterior

 

Let’s face it, the exterior of the property is the first thing a buyer will see whether online or driving by. Now is the time to make sure it looks its best.

Walk around the entire exterior of the home, and conduct an assessment.

Consider pressure washing, painting, having the windows cleaned, cleaning out gutters, trimming back any overgrown or dead landscaping, cleaning the front door and changing out any worn door hardware that may look old and corroded. And make sure the front doorbell actually works!

Service the heating/cooling system

A home inspector is going to check this anyway, so beat ’em to the punch by having the system serviced and cleaned. When was the last time it was serviced anyway?

It’s better to take care of any repairs that may need addressing now versus waiting until a buyer decides to make an offer.

Do a light bulb check

Make sure all of the lightbulbs are working and free of dirt and debris. Yes, these need cleaning too — just make sure they are off. Don’t forget to check the outdoor lights as well.

Check the smoke detectors

Maybe sellers took the batteries out the last time they were playing Top Chef in the kitchen.

Now is the time to make sure that all smoke detectors are working and have new batteries. Replace any old ones as an inspector is likely to flag those during a home inspection and recommend that they be replaced.

Blue tape it

Conduct a thorough walk through of the interior of the home. If there are any nicks, dents or scratches on the walls and moldings, blue tape them so sellers can go through and have each area repaired.

The more wear and tear a home appears to have, the more the buyer is going to chip away at the asking price.

Deep clean, and declutter

Now is the time to give the home that deep clean it needs. Consider hiring a cleaning crew to tackle this; the more hands, the better.

Deep cleaning means wiping down all of the baseboards and moldings and cleaning cabinets, appliances (including the oven) and every corner from top to bottom including light fixtures and ceiling fans.

It’s also a good time to gather all those unwanted closet items together to donate as well as any unused furniture and decor. The less stuff in the house, the less there is to organize and keep clean.

Clear out the garage

Often overlooked when preparing a home for sale, don’t forget this space. Make sure the garage is clean, in good repair, organized and that you can actually walk through it.

Consider painting the floor or having an epoxy finish put down. And that ceiling? Buyers also look up when touring this space, so make sure any drywall cracks or loose seams are repaired.

Buyers recognize and appreciate homes that have been taken care of. Taking some time to invest in home maintenance before selling will likely yield a big payoff when it becomes offer time.

Cara Ameer is a broker associate and Realtor with Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. You can follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

Article image credited to Golubovy / Shutterstock

 

Fresh, Local, Organic. Experience Kauai’s Farmers Markets

Kauai has some of the most fresh, local and amazing array of fruits and vegetables grown on island, and they are sold at numerous farmers’ markets all over Kauai…

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For those of you seeking to indulge in our locally grown produce, please see the following lineup of around-the-island farmers’ market events, here on the beautiful Garden Island of Kauai (also listed below). If you are traveling to more than one of our islands, here’s a list of Hawaii Farm Bureau Farmers’ Markets by island, and don’t miss your chance to support our local island farmers.

Monday

  • Koloa: Noon at Koloa Knudsen Ballpark side parking lot off Maluhia Road.
  • Lihu’e: 3 p.m. in the parking lot at Kukui Grove Center by Times Market

Tuesday

  • Kapaa: 9 a.m. at Coconut Marketplace
  • Kalaheo: 3 p.m. at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center on Papalina Road off Kaumuali’i Hwy.

Wednesday

  • Kapa’a: 3 p.m. at the Kapa’a New Town Ballpark parking lot by the bypass road.
  • Po’ipu: 3:30 p.m. at Kukui’ula Shopping Village.

Thursday

  • Kilauea: 4:30 p.m. at the Kilauea Neighborhood Center parking lot. Take Keneke Street off of Lighthouse Road.
  • Kapaa: 9 am Coconut Markeplace
  • Hanapepe: 3 p.m. at the Hanapepe Town Park behind the fire station.

Friday

  • Lihu’e: 3 p.m. at Vidinha Stadium parking lot off of Ho’olako Road.

Saturday

  • Hanalei: 9:30 a.m. at the Hanalei Neighborhood Center off of Kuhio Hwy.
  • Kekaha: 9 a.m. at the Kekaha Neighborhood Center off of Elepaio Road.
  • Kilauea: 9:30 am across from Mini Golf by the start of the Wai Koa Loop Trail
  • Puhi: 10 a.m. at Kauai’i Community College parking lot

 

CNN Compares Honeymoon Hotspots: Splurges vs. steals

cnn photo comparing Tahiti and Hawaii

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CNN recently compared beautiful honeymoon spots based on their costs.

Filled with palm trees, waterfalls and picture-perfect beaches, Tahiti — officially known as French Polynesia — is the dream tropical destination for many honeymooners. Yet the airfare alone is enough to bust anyone’s travel budget.

For less money — and less travel time — honeymooners can visit the Hawaiian islands where they will enjoy similar surroundings and activities, including surfing, snorkeling and even Polynesian entertainment.

Splurge: Tahiti

What you’ll pay*: $6,000

Steal: Hawaii

What you’ll pay: $3,600