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Love Your Home – While You’re Still In It.

by Chuck Gillooley

Show It Some Love.

How many times have you seen someone work so hard to get their home all primped up and perfectly dialed in — just in time to sell it?  The paint is perfect inside and out, the landscaping is refreshed, the windows are clean, and even the furniture in the house has been strategically aligned to make the house look like it belongs in Sunset Magazine?  You see it all the time, right?

Well, the seller of one of my recent listings noted that exact phenomenon, but added this very brilliant observation:

Why don’t people do this while they’re still living in the house? 

Seriously — why not do this while you’re still living in the home so that you can fall in love with your home again and enjoy the transformation, and not just make it perfect for the next owner?

It’s an interesting idea, and there are probably a hundred different reasons why people don’t do it.  Here are just a few:

  • They think it’s too expensive.
  • They don’t have the time.
  • They don’t want to invest the money and then have the kids trash it the very next day.
  • They don’t know who to call to do the work.
  • …..and so on.

I help my clients do this all the time when they are getting their homes ready to sell, so I’m a great resource to help line up the right people to spruce your home up — even if it’s just getting your windows and screens cleaned, or having someone come in an make your tired landscaping POP again. I’ve got someone for just about any task you could possibly think of.

From a cost standpoint, it’s often much less than you think it is, too. Cleaning an entire household of windows (inside and out) along with screens runs no more than a couple hundred dollars, and they look spectacular when they’re done.  There’s no way you can do all that yourself for that cheap and make them look so good.

The same goes with painting.  Nothing freshens up the inside of a house like a new coat of paint. If you really want to make a dramatic splash, try a bold NEW color! Interior painting is quick and easy if you have a good crew. They can literally transform the inside of your house while you’re gone for a weekend.

Even your deck needs love every so often. There are few things that have a more dramatic visual effect than power-washing and re-staining a deck.  It will actually make you want to use it that much more often.

Get ‘er Done.

As we approach the summer months, it’s the perfect time to take on these “transformation projects”.  Many of the real estate related trades slow down during June-August, so it’s much easier to book and schedule them. With some intelligent scheduling, you’d be amazed at what can be accomplished in a very short amount of time.

For my most recent listing, we literally had 4 different crews working on the house, simultaneously when we could get away with it, and we completely transformed the entire property (inside and out) in less than a week.

Think about it — you head out for your summer vacation, and come back to what feels like a brand new house! It’s easier than you think, and only a single phone call away.

Interested? Contact me!
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