Selling Your Home: A Guide To Repairs & Aesthetics.

Selling your home can appear to be a challenging process to navigate. Value-increasing repairs and curb-appeal are often lost in the shuffle, or neglected. When your home is on the market, consider these details to ensure the highest sell-value.

Buyers in your market will evaluate your home from various perspectives of needs, wants, desires, and concerns. After your home’s initial appraisal, determine the demographics of your market to gauge which investments produce highest value.

Home investments, like repairs and maintenance, fall on a gradient spectrum:


Significant: Refers to necessary repairs or maintenance that must be done for the home to sell. For example, a leaking roof, structural abnormalities, or rotting wood each require replacement or repair.

Check-list for significant repairs:

  • Roofing
  • Siding
  • Wood rot
  • Structural deficiencies
  • Pronounced masonry damages
  • Fire Safety Updates
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • HVAC
  • Rodent/insect infestations.

Standard: These include touch-up painting, deck staining, bathroom caulking, etc. If obvious, these concerns are typically addressed by the buyer. Investing in these improvements will ensure an aesthetically appealing home, alleviated buyer-concerns, and highest sell value.

Check-List for Standard Repairs:

  • Exterior:
    • Siding: painting & touch-ups
    • Woodwork: touch-up staining or painting.
      • Wood repairs or replacement.
    • Screen porch repair/secure.
    • Fencing repairs or touch-ups.
    • Gutter & downspout cleaning & repairs.
  • Around-the-house basics:
    • Window & door repairs or touch-ups.
    • Walls: drywall & molding repairs, touch-up painting.
    • Floors: carpet/hardwood repairs, replacing or polishing.
    • Electrical: light fixtures and switches.
    • Appliance repairs.

Selling-points: This characterizes curb-appeal and other improvements that put the finishing touch on your home. These can include landscaping, new appliances, and added square footage; or, the simplicity of pressure washing walkways, professional cleaning, spacious shelving, or neutral painting.

Selling points and updates are dependent on your market, and should be weighted against the current and predicted value of the home after investments. Here are some simple, budget-friendly, and effective updates:

  • Yard: Tidy your yard, and invest in some general landscaping. Either do this yourself, or hire a professional. No need for a fancy design, just clear, tidy, and section to create a spacious yard.
  • Cleaning: Do this yourself, or hire a service to deep-clean the home. Or, offer this as a free add-on for the purchaser.
  • Make space: Invest in space-saving storage solutions, move or remove furniture, clear cabinets, and make the home appear as spacious as possible.
  • Paint neutral: Painting each room a light, neutral color opens the space and depersonalizes the room to allow the buyer to imagine potential.


Sum-it-up:  Consider your market and budget, and follow this check-list to optimize your highest sell-value. Check out our blogs about “Creating a spacious look when selling your home”, and “increasing curb appeal” for more information on affordable, simple ways to update your home.




8 Essential Power Tools for the D-I-Y-ER

Expand your D-I-Y horizons and produce professional results with these essential power tools.

A variety of saws will pay for themselves when cutting and shaping wood:

#1) Circular Saw: For basic wood cutting and large pieces, a circular saw will ensure a professional finish– a must-have.

#2) Miter Saw: Practical for angled and detailed cutting, this saw goes beyond the basics. Use for crown molding, door frames, window casings, and more.

#3) Jigsaw: Add intricacy and design to projects with a jigsaw. This saw focuses on the details, and provides ability to control fine work.

#4) Power Drill/Driver: From hanging shelves and fixtures, to building and assembling furniture, a proper power drill/driver will save both time and effort in every D-I-Y endeavor.

#5) Air Compressor & Nail Gun: Another great save on time and effort. Provides a professional, consistent result.

#6) Rotary Orbital Sander: This sander covers a variety of uses, and is an ideal first-purchase before buying other types of sanders. With the right settings, can provide a thorough sanding job, and be used in place of a finishing sander.

#7) Dremel Multi-Max: This, and other multi-tools provide a variety of features. With interchangeable parts, this tool is ideal for sanding, cutting, scraping, grinding, and more.

#8) Paint Sprayer: This one saves time, and provides an even coat for a professional finish.


Tools for the D-I-Y-ER: A Beginner’s Guide.

Every artist needs a paintbrush; or, in this case, every craftsman (or woman) needs a set of tools. Tools can get pricey, and buying over time is the affordable option for many. Let’s start with the basics:

The Bare-Basic-Toolbox:

#1) Screwdrivers: Flat-heads and Phillips in various sizes. There are a wide selection of comfort grips, ratchet-rotation screwdrivers, etc. Often you can find screwdriver sets including many types and sizes.

#2) A Hammer: This is self-evident. Hammers give nails a purpose in life, and lend a hand in 99% of DIY projects.

#3) Measuring Tape: Your best friend for making plans and measurements. A large and a small size comes in handy.

#4)  Adjustable Wrench (or various sizes): However, the adjustable wrench offers many wrenches in one.

#5) Pliers: Locking and combination pliers cover the spectrum of tasks. Various sizes are useful, but a standard 5-10W works fine.

#6) Electric Drill: These become an indispensable time-saver when compared to drilling by hand. They don’t need to be pricey, either.

#7) Utility knife: Again, another indispensable friend.. a pocket knife will work, too.

#8) Scraper/Putty Knife and Chisels: Scrape glue, chisel rough surfaces, and more with these items.

#9) Sanding Blocks, and Sandpaper: Another must-have, especially when planning to paint.

#10) Basic Painting Supplies: Aside from sandpaper, basic painting tape, brushes, primers, and sealers should be included in your basic DIY kit. Paint or stain colors can be purchased on an as-needed basis.