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A Little Paint & Prep Goes a Long Way..


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ugly doorframeFor those of you who don't want the hassle of fixing up your home to sell... take a look at these photos of a recent listing I had in the Carmichael area.  The doorway at the left looks pretty spooky, like a giant black widow is going to drop on your head if you get too close.  And check out the beam thingy above the doorway. It tells you the rest of the house is probably ready to come crashing down as well.




clean doorwayNow look at the same entry way, after a little prep, patch, paint and window trim.  Now it looks like a well-kept home, that will stick around for many years.


Which home would you pay more for?


Sellers who aren't willing to do a little work to prep their home for sale are leaving money on the table.  Will buyers buy a fixer, then fix it up themselves?  You betcha..... but they don't pay full price.


Your best bet is to do the prep work that will make you more money than it will cost.  Don't know how to do it?... or who to call?  Call me... "I GOT PEOPLE"

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Comment balloon 12 commentsC Tann-Starr • February 14 2009 12:17PM


This is sooooooooo true!

Posted by The Villages Florida Real Estate, Living and Loving Florida! (RE/MAX Premier Realty) over 11 years ago

You are so right, the photos alone make a huge impression.  I can't imagine how much better it looks on location.  A little paint can net you a lot of money.

Posted by Franklin & Brentwood, TN Homes Mike Nastri, It matters to us as much as it matters to you. (Keller Williams Realty) over 11 years ago

Wow, what a huge difference.  Great before and after pics. 

Posted by Bonnie Vest, Your Deltaville and Northern Neck Realtor ("Go with Long & Foster's BEST, ask for Will or Bonnie VEST!") over 11 years ago

Jennifer, I am with you!

Mike, those photographs made a huge impression on me as soon as I saw them.

Bonnie, they are, aren't they?

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 11 years ago

It's amazing what a little paint and prep will do, isn't it?

Posted by Heather Chavez, Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) over 11 years ago

Heather, yes indeed. I almost feel as if I am looking to two different homes. The color gives it a warm, cheerful, well kept feeling.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Very simple, and what a difference!

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) over 11 years ago

A little bit of money can make a huge difference, especially on the exterior of a home as this is often when a buyer makes a first impression on a home. Great before and afters.

Posted by Dan and Amy Schuman, Luxury Home Specialists (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 11 years ago

Li, yes indeed.

Dan, first impressions are very important. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Thanks for sharing this post. Nice pictures to show the difference. It speaks a thousand words.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 11 years ago

Gita, it's startling what a little cosmetic work can do. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Thank you for stopping by, TurnerHillary29. Enjoy your day. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 9 years ago

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