Is Your Home Ready to Sell?

With spring on the way, homeowners throughout the Mid-Atlantic are busy getting their homes ready to sell.  If you’re thinking about listing your property, but you’re not really sure where to start, we can offer some suggestions.  How about the exterior?  Curb appeal matters!  It helps homes sit or sell every year.  Don’t wait to update yours and miss out on your full resale potential.

Start on Structure

While a new kitchen or bathroom might make a good first impression, a worn-out roof can quickly undo that.  Structural issues can be a big red flag during an inspection that greatly reduces your resale value.  Not only will potential buyers be discouraged by these additional upfront expenses, but also they could use these problems to negotiate a lower sale price.  So, the faster you address these issues with replacement roofing, siding, and/or windows, the lower your risk of developing other complications!  Like water damage, mold/mildew, and pest invasions.  Statistically speaking, you’re likely to recuperate the money spent on these investments.  While still allowing buyers to customize the inside of your home.

Pre-Spring Cleaning

Even though it’s only February, it could take a couple of weeks to properly prepare for a home sale. Just when it comes to cleaning. Try to look at your home with fresh eyes—what do you see?  Are there spots of mildew anywhere on the exterior?  Do the colors look a little lackluster these days?  You may be surprised what a good power washing can do! This thorough cleaning method wipes away years of dirt and grime, but be careful.  It is possible for a house to be too clean.  If you’re not familiar with this process and the equipment, then you could actually damage your siding in the process.  Or uncover warping, cracks, and other issues you didn’t even know were there. Considering getting some professional help to handle this task and leave room in the budget for minor repairs afterward.

Tiny Touches

Much as you stage a home’s interior to highlight its advantages, you can do the same with the outside!  Little touches, like new hardware, lighting, and even a welcome mat give the impression of a place that’s been well-maintained.  Don’t forget to incorporate some greenery, too!  Live plants are a hot design element right now—both inside and out.  Adding some potted varieties on your front porch (alongside comfortable seating) invites buyers to relax and picture themselves truly at home.


Selling your home can be a big undertaking, but you don’t have to handle all these details on your own.  Rely on local resources to increase your curb appeal, including the entire staff of Schaefer Siding & Exteriors!  We’re at your disposal, and we know a few things about making home exteriors shine. Whatever projects you need completed, whatever budget you’re working with, contact us to get your property ready to sell.

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