Curb appeal maters more now than ever!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009, 9:40AM

By: John Birch

John Birch
ADDvantage Real Estate


 Curb appeal matters more than ever!  

As I show homes these days, there is one thing that stands out more this year than ever before. Buyers are asking for move in ready, and usually will look at the homes with the most street appeal.  Along this line, Realtors in Florida report that exterior remodeling projects return the most money as a percentage of cost, as detailed in the Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report.   Additionally, remodeling projects such as kitchens and baths are currently offering better returns than in past years.
I personally believe there are two factors to why this is occurring. First of all buyers have so much more to choose from with the large inventory of homes on the market. Secondly, many people are being asked by their lender to put more money down than in the past. Therefore, in some cases the buyer doesn’t have the available remodeling cash and in others they simply prefer to keep available cash in savings.
What this means to sellers is, check your options on home improvements prior to listing your home for sale. As we all know here in Florida the home builders have dramatically stopped new home construction, freeing up quality contractors and handyman to work for directly for homeowners. You might be surprised that the remodel bid is much less than a couple years ago. Not only is labor less expensive but the manufactures are passing along great savings to keep sales going.

Through my real estate and builder network I know many honest and fairly priced contractors and handymen looking to help you with your large and small projects. Call to get a good will referral, and free estimate. John 727 385 6547