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How much improvement do I need to do to my home before selling?

by Mayes Harris Team

I am often asked what an owner needs to do before listing their home on the MLS. There are several factors to consider in answering that question and here they are.

1. How bad does the home look? Is it an eyesore from the moment you pull up to the moment you leave? If so, then a handy list of what must be done is great to get started on. 

2. How does it compare to other nearby homes on the market? Are other homes outshining your home? In what areas do they level up compared to your home?

3. How is the local real estate market? Is it a sellers' market or a buyers' market? How long are the local Listings staying on the market and what time of year are you listing your home? Is it before, during or after the school year? 

There are a lot of situations where certain fixing up and/or staging a home can play a big difference in what the owners are offered by the buyers. If you wish to discuss this, please contact us today. Let our experience work for you. 

A Home Buyer's Tips About Windows

by Mayes Harris Team

Single pane, double pane, thermopane, triple pane windows, plain glass, leaded glass, low "e" glass, wired glass, and tempered glass, too. WOW - There's a lot to know!

Some children have been known to shatter a window or two. Tempered glass can prevent this. Fogged thermal pane windows might need to be replaced if their seals are broken. New argon gas filled windows work well to insulate, while low-e coatings reduce the heat transfer for south facing rooms.

There is a lot of information available on the web, but this site seems to be one of the best ones out there. We will be happy to show you the different types of windows and glass as we show you around homes, so be sure to ask us.

Tip About Paint

by Mayes Harris Team

New paint makes the entire home smell clean and neat and can bring sellers top dollar. If your home has chipped paint, exposed wood, or surfaces that look faded, it's time for new paint. If your carpet is worn, dirty, outdated, or an unusual color or style, you might consider replacing it.

Many houses do not sell because of these problems. Don't think that buyers have more money than you to freshen up a home. They typically don't. They will simply look elsewhere for a home that needs less work.

Please let me know when you are ready to sell and I can help you prepare your home for today's market.

Homebuyer's Tip About Wiring

by Mayes Harris Team

The type of wiring in residential homes generally depends on when the home was built, where it was built and if it has been updated. In the older homes, knob and tube type wiring was the norm, replaced later by encased plastic-sheathed wiring.

In most case,s the newer plastic-sheathed wiring is copper, insulated with plastic and then wrapped with insulation and another layer of plastic for protection. Breaker boxes are another story; sometimes a well-meaning homeowner can inadvertently make things unsafe.

It is always wise to consult a reputable home inspector and even an electrician before you buy. A little homework today can save you a lot of money down the road. more on home wiring is available here.

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