There are so many things to consider when purchasing a home and the list can be daunting if you are new to the process. This is one of the most significant investments in your life and you want to approach it armed with as much knowledge as possible. This is where Rhode Island Housing can help you. This is an organization created to make it easier for people to make Rhode Island their home. They provide low-interest loans, grants, education, advocacy and consumer counseling so you don't have to go it alone.
For those who already own a home, there is a wealth of information to help people maintain or improve their homes. They are also a resource for those who may need help keeping their home.
If you are thinking of buying your first home, you can learn everything you need to know at a free Homebuyer Education class. They run from 6:30-9:30PM and are offered at locations around the state. The Rhode Island Housing newsletter published the following dates for the classes:
June 8 Smithfield
June 13 Providence
June 21 Warwick
June 27 Middletown
Contact Tammy Fisher at 401.457.1245 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Visit their website at www.rhodeislandhousing.org.
As is almost always the case when selling a home, if you can’t get them in to see it you can’t sell it to them.
The ability to entice and attract potential buyers to a house has to do with three main factors; location, price and Curb Appeal. In my opinion curb appeal is at the top of the list. I have actually had clients request to see a house either out of their price range or in a location other than where they thought they wanted to live, because of its curb appeal.
Most buyers cannot visualize changes, and often won't look at a house if the initial look doesn't appeal to them. Home buyers who can visualize changes, and are prepared to make them, expect you to reduce the price of the house to compensate for the work they plan to do.
Here are several very inexpensive and simple things a Seller can do to create a curb appeal that will make a great first impression.
- Paint the trim and front door to brighten them up
- Add window boxes
- Create new planting beds and an accent garden on either side of the walkway, driveway, front steps or front door to frame the entry
- Change out lighting fixtures
- Replace all hardware with new updated hardware
- Add shutters
- Add accent trim or detailing around doors and windows to make them pop
- Add arbors, pergolas or fencing
- Replace gutters and downspouts
- Create a walkway
- Install landscape lighting
- Remove or trim over-grown shrubs
- Fix or replace broken items around the exterior of the house
- Remove weeds from garden beds and within the cracks of walkways and driveways
- Pressure wash the exterior of house
Most of these ideas can be accomplished in a very short time. Here is a great example of seller improvements: