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It’s a great time to buy real estate, but that makes selling your home more of a challenge! To set your property apart from the rest, you’ve got to increase your curb appeal.  Follow these 10 ways to increase your curb appeal and the house will attract more potential buyers:

1. Make sure the exterior is clean

  • Gutters, Roofs, and Walls provide a surface for moss, lichen, algae and fungi to grow. A clean  house will show that you’ve maintained the property and will out shine the competition.

2. Repair Obvious Blemishes

  • Damaged siding, rails, steps, driveways etc. become a project for the new owner. The less problem a potential buyer has to fix, the easier the house will be to sell.

3. Have Green Plants

  • Start watering your lawn to help keep it green – dead plants can be ugly and you want the property to be pretty.

4. Landscaping

  • Landscaping does not have to be a costly endevour. Create soft lines around the angular house with some flowering bushes and plants in contrasting colors. Local greenhouses and box stores will always have sales. Buy in bulk and mix up the plants.

5. Street Visibility

  • If the house cannot be seen from the road, place something pretty out near the for sale sign to draw in potential buyers. A wall of trees is great for privacy, but doesn’t pull people in.

6. Plan Ahead

  • You may not be able to do this improvements by yourself, so hire a professional. They can get the job done a lot quicker than you may be able to and the cost should be worth it. However, if you wait till the last second, the best contractor may not be available and you will either pay more or settle for less with another contractor.

7. Budget for improvements

  • Don’t be surprised when a potential buyer has a condition. Even with all your planning, they may see something you’ve missed. Just like you, the buyer wants to make sure they are getting the most for their money. You may be able to negotiate though, so set aside some extra cash just in case!

8. Find a Great Realtor

  • Pick a realtor you are comfortable with and confident in – just because they may be assertive, doesn’t mean they are the best one for you. A realtor who is willing to explain the selling process, is frank about your property and the market, and provides references will be a better fit. Communication is key!

9. Keep that “For Sale” Sign Standing!

  • Don’t let the sign fall over! If it gets damaged, ask for a new one and always make sure the pamphlets are full. The key here is to make viewing your property as easy as possible. This is all about opportunity!

10. Keep it Simple

  • Don’t go overboard with home improvements – take your realtor’s advice and the right buyer will come along. Everyone has varying standards, so make your choices clean, crisp and boring. The property should have potential for the new buyer, something they can customize to make their own.

Good Luck!

Morgan C. Booz

AccuWash, LLC

410-482-4367

accuwash1@gmail.com

Roof Cleaning Maryland

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Spring has sprung – and if you don’t already see Daffodils populating everyone’s yard, you will soon! As a busy professional, I am always researching new, time saving gardening tips. Don’t we all want the most we can get with the least amount of actual work? Especially when the benefits are so high – fruits, veggies, good smells and a sense of satisfaction. In roof cleaning, we spend a lot of time making sure that survive a roof treatment, so take it from me – I wouldn’t want my plants to be damaged even with the minimal amount of effort I put into them!

A few criterion for this list:

  • Cheats that are time saving
  • Cash savings.  I believe that a little extra effort is worth saving money.
  • Effectiveness: Tips are all well and good, but they need to actually work.
  • Benefits to my taste buds. I like to cook, so I have an assortment of herbs, veggies and flowers
  • Environmentally Friendly

Top 10 Gardening Tips

  1. Check your State University Home & Garden Information for Planting Dates.
    • Maryland has an extensive list for planting Vegetable Crops in Maryland. It is alphabetical and provides other planting information                                                 
  2. Practice Companion Planting: Certain plants, when grown next to one another, attract beneficial bugs and deter pests. This means, you’ll spend less to kill pests and your plants will be healthier. Faster propagation too!                                           
  3. Share Seedlings: Many plants self propagate and a healthy plant will have hardy shoot offs that get culled every spring.There is a good chance you know someone close by that has a garden. If not, introduce yourself to your neighbor. Offer free labor in return for some unwanted seedlings. Bring your own pots, tools and a bag of potting soil. Chances are, you will even get some free gardening knowledge out of this besides making a new friend. My garden is mostly from family and friends.            
  4. Use Your Trash: Americans are hard core consumers – we throw a lot of usable things away.  Save cheap containers to use as seedling pots. You can write on them with a marker, poke a few holes in the bottom and viola! You have a plethora of usable pots to use for seedlings and transplants.                                 
  5. Save Good Refuse for Compost: It’s extremely easy to throw some of your refuse into a different container for compost, which will translate into prime soil in a year. See this list for do’s and dont’s for what to put into your compost. I keep a brown paper lunch bag or any other brown bag to hold my daily leavings. Then, I can just toss the entire bag into the compost pile since the brown paper is great compost too.   You will get some free soil and save money on garbage bags since your trash will fill up more slowly now.                                                                    
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