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Pressure washing your home can be an excellent way to increase curb appeal on a budget. A good pressure washer can be used to clean vinyl siding, windows, driveways, decks and sidewalks.
You can buy, rent, or hire a pressure washer. And, there are a number of different types of machines available. So, in this post, I’m going to give you some tips on pressure washing your home to increase curb appeal and discuss which option might be the best for you.
Buying a pressure washer
If your next move is to a new home with vinyl siding and you plan on living there for several years. You may find that buying a pressure washer is the best option for you.
Many pressure washers pay for themselves after 3-5 uses. However, high end washers can be much more expensive.
The first thing to consider when buying a pressure washer is to determine what you’ll need it for and how often you’ll use it.
If you have a deck, sidewalk, or driveway that sit underneath pine trees, you can bet that they’re going to get dirty frequently.
If you find yourself wanting a washer more than once a year, it’s likely a safe investment.
Gas vs electric
Consumer pressure washers come in two main types: gas and electric. Gas-powered washers tend to be stronger (and therefore more dangerous). They’re also noisy and will require maintenance and tune-ups on occasion.
Electric, on the other hand, are better for less heavy duty cleaning. They tend to be cheaper, at around $100 - $250 each (vs $250 - $500 for a gas-powered washer), but you do sacrifice some power at the expense of cost and convenience.
Regardless of which option you choose, it’s important to understand that pressure washers can be dangerous machines if not used correctly. Be sure to fully follow the instructions on your washer and to never point it at yourself, including shoes, or clothing.
Renting a pressure washer
If you don’t want to deal with storage or maintenance, renting is a great option for a one-time job. Perhaps your next home will be a condo or townhouse where you don’t have to worry about exterior maintenance. In these situations, a one-time rental can be a good option.
Power washers can be rented from many hardware stores, including The Home Depot. But, a quick Google search for your area should bring up multiple places to rent nearby.
Hiring a professional pressure washer
Pressure washing your home, driveway, or deck is a lot easier than scrubbing them with a brush. But, it still takes a good deal of time to go out and pick up the rental, return home, figure out how to set up the washer and then clean your entire home.
To avoid the headache (and the potential safety risks), many homeowners hire a local pressure washing company to do the job.
Hiring a company has its advantages; namely, when you hire a professional (one with good reviews on Yelp and Google), you’re going to get the best results.
No one should be forced to deal with a long, complicated home selling journey. Fortunately, there are many things a seller can do to navigate the property selling journey like a pro.
Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you enjoy a quick, profitable home selling experience.
1. Analyze the Housing Market
You may have entered the housing market in the hopes of enjoying a seamless property selling experience. Yet the real estate market offers no guarantees. But if you analyze the housing sector closely, you can gain the insights you need to price your home appropriately based on the present market's conditions.
Take a look at the prices of available homes in your city or town that are similar to your own. This housing market data can help you see how your residence stacks up against the competition. It also may help you determine how to price your residence so you can ensure it garners lots of attention from potential buyers.
Furthermore, don't forget to assess the prices of recently sold houses in your area, as well as how long these residences were available before they sold. If homes are selling quickly, a seller's market may be in place. Or, if homes linger on the real estate market for many weeks or months, the current housing sector may favor sellers.
2. Perform Home Upgrades
For those who want to speed up the home selling process, improving your house's curb appeal is ideal. Because if your home boasts amazing curb appeal, you can make it easy for buyers to fall in love with your house.
To bolster your residence's curb appeal, you should mow the lawn, repair any damaged siding and perform other home exterior improvements. That way, your house is sure to impress buyers as soon as they see it for the first time.
In addition, allocate time and resources to transform your home's interior from drab to fab. If each room of your home dazzles, buyers will have no trouble envisioning what life may be like if they purchase your house.
3. Hire a Real Estate Agent
Generally, it helps to hire a real estate agent if you are selling your home. And if you have a real estate agent at your side, you can quickly and effortlessly promote your residence to the right groups of buyers.
A real estate agent will offer recommendations to help you upgrade your residence's interior and exterior, set up home showings and open house events and much more. Plus, if you are ever unsure about how to proceed along the property selling journey, he or she is happy to offer home selling advice.
For those who prepare for the home selling journey, it may not take long to sell a house. If you take advantage of the aforementioned tips, you can plan ahead for each stage of the property selling journey. As such, you will be able to navigate this journey like a pro.
When you decide to sell your home, there’s a long list of things that you’ll need to do from finding a real estate agent to making repairs around the home. It’s nice to have a to-do list handy to help you figure out what you need to do and when throughout the course of the sale of your home.
Find Out The Estimated Value Of Your Home
You should do a quick search online to see what your property is valued at. Some websites even have the number of views that your property has gotten over its lifetime on the site. This will give you an idea of how much you might get for the sale of your home as well as how much interest there may be in buying the home to begin with. If you see what your, home has listed in a basic online search, you’ll be able to tell what needs to be updated when the home is actually listed by your realtor.
Get Things Fixed
If there have been issues in the home, you should work on getting them fixed. You’ll also need to know what has happened in the home over the years in order to put together a proper disclosure. Has the basement flooded? Did you face an electrical fire? All of these problems need to be listed. You can also disclose what you did to remedy the issues. The buyer has a right to know and understand that they are moving in under good conditions.
Learn About Potential Real Estate Agents
It’s so important to hire the right agent when you’re selling your home. You are getting a return on your initial investment, so you want it to be a good one! You’ll also want to know that you have someone who will be there to do home showings, process paperwork, and be your advocate throughout the process. You can contact various references that real estate agents provide and ask how they felt about the agent’s work.
Find Out How Your Home Will Be Marketed
In Today’s technology-based world, there are so many ways that a home can be marketed. This includes the use of websites, social media, open houses, video tours, and photos. Your agent should be well-versed in all of these areas, or be able to hire people who do know how to best use these areas of marketing. Every avenue that is used to get buyers for your home is beneficial to you as a seller.
Understanding the process of how a home is sold can help you to be prepared when you’re ready to sell.
As a home seller, it generally is a good idea to consider the buyer's perspective. That way, you can determine why buyers may consider your house over other available properties and map out the home selling journey accordingly.
Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you assess the buyer's perspective before you embark on the house selling journey.
1. Analyze Your Home
Think about why you decided to buy your home in the first place. By doing so, you may be able to discover what makes your house unique from other properties so you can promote your residence to the right groups of prospective buyers.
Don't hesitate to take an objective view of your home's interior and exterior too. Remember, your goal as a home seller is to generate as much interest as you can in your house. If you take a critical view of your house, you can identify problem areas and work to correct various issues as quickly as possible.
2. Review the Local Housing Market
The local housing market may favor buyers or sellers. By reviewing housing market data, you can find out whether a buyer's or seller's market is in place. Plus, if you evaluate the local real estate sector, you can understand how your residence stacks up against the competition.
Analyzing the local housing market also may help you establish a price range for your home. As you check out the prices of comparable houses in your city or town, you can use this information to set an aggressive initial asking price for your residence. And as a result, you may be able to stir up lots of interest in your home among potential buyers.
3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent
If you are unsure about how buyers may perceive your house, it may be beneficial to have a housing market expert at your side. Luckily, real estate agents are available in cities and towns nationwide, and these housing market experts are happy to help you find ways to generate interest in your residence.
A real estate agent will learn about you, your home and your house selling goals. Next, he or she will craft a personalized house selling strategy designed to help you achieve your desired results. After a real estate agent puts this strategy into action, it may be only a matter of time before you receive offers to purchase your residence.
Let's not forget about the assistance a real estate agent provides after you receive an offer to purchase, either. At this point, you'll have to decide whether to approve, reject or counter a buyer's proposal. Meanwhile, a real estate agent can provide an honest, unbiased recommendation to help you make an informed decision about a homebuying proposal.
Want to streamline the home selling journey? Use the aforementioned tips, and you can incorporate the buyer's perspective into your home selling strategy and increase the likelihood of enjoying a fast, profitable house selling experience.
Shopping for a home is a long, arduous process. When you finally find one that you love, think you can afford, and spend the time to formulate an offer, it can be crushing when your offer is rejected.
However, getting rejected is simply part of the process. If you’ve ever applied to college, you might be familiar with this process. You send out applications that you poured your heart and soul into. Sometimes to get accepted, other times you don’t.
Making an offer on a home comes with one big advantage over those college applications, however--the opportunity to negotiate. As long as the house is still on the market after your offer is rejected, you’re still in the game.
In this article, we’re going to talk you through what to do when your offer is rejected so you can reformulate your plan and make the best decision as to moving forward.
1. Don’t sweat it
One of the most common fallacies we fall into as humans is to think the outcome is worse than it really is. First, remember that there are most likely other houses out there that are as good if not better than the one you are bidding on, even if they’re not for sale at this moment.
Next, consider the rejection as simply part of the negotiation process. Most people are turned off by rejection. However, you can learn a lot when a seller says no. In many cases, you can take what you learned and return to the drawing board to come up with a better offer.
Don’t spend too much time scrutinizing the seller’s decision. Ninety-nine percent of the time their decision isn’t personal. You simply haven’t met the pricing or contractual requirements that they and their agent have decided on.
2. Reconsider your offer
Now it’s time to start thinking about a second offer. If the seller didn’t respond with a counteroffer it can mean one of two things. First, they might be considering other buyers who have gotten closer to their requirements. Alternatively, your offer may have been too low or have had too many contingencies for them to consider.
Regardless, a flat-out rejection usually means changes need to be made before following up.
3. Making a new offer
This is your chance to take what you learned and apply it to your new offer. Make sure you meet the following prerequisites before sending out your next offer:
Double check your financing. Understand your spending limits, both on paper and in terms of what you’re comfortable spending.
Check comparable houses. If houses in the neighborhood are selling for more than they were when the house was previously listed, the seller might be compensating for that change.
Make sure you’re pre-approved. Your offer will be taken more seriously if you have the bank’s approval.
Remove unnecessary contingencies. It’s a seller’s market. Having a complicated contract will make sellers less likely to consider your offer.
4. Move on with confidence
Sometimes you just can’t make it up to the seller’s price point. Other times the seller just can’t come to terms with a reasonable price for their home. Regardless, don’t waste too much time negotiating and renegotiating. Take what you learned from this experience and use it toward the next house negotiation--it will be here sooner than you think!