You've decided to sell. Now what?
Selling a home can be overwhelming. There's simply no escaping that. It's like having a job on top of your "day job," whatever that may be. Any tool that can help you feel more in control is a good one. Since we're in the business of helping homeowners make their lives easier, we decided to create a tool . We call it the "Power Prep Form" and it's a simple checklist you can use to assess the condition of your current home, prioritize what you want to fix, and whether (or not) you want to complete that work yourself.
Let me offer you a brief summary of the types of things that can help you sell your home for a higher price, with or without the help of a service provider.
Characteristics of a home that help it sell faster and for more
Attractive curb appeal
Immaculately clean rooms
You'll see each of these characteristics described in more detail below, where we're offering you a free look at the checklist we use to advise customers about what to work on to fix up their homes prior to listing them for sale. So feel free to use it, and let us know what you think!
For those projects you decide to "outsource," a good handyman truly comes in handy, no pun intended. By making a list of what you want that person to do, you'll be accelerating how quickly you're able to list and sell. And, perhaps more importantly, increasing the value of the offers you receive. It's simple. Pretty things up and your sales price will go up too!
I'm the most un-handy person that ever existed. So how did I end up running a profitable handyman business in Columbus, Ohio? They say necessity is the mother of invention. I find it so very satisfying when a female customer (sometimes older, sometimes younger) tells me how cool they think it is that a female is running a handyman company. One even said, "It's about time!" lol I thought so too.
The inspiration for Ohio Handyman sprang from a legit need. My wife (second from the right) and I were raising 3 kids, all of whom have since graduated from high school. In addition to the kids, we were managing a good size home, soccer and band schedules, homework, two dogs and a cat. I was lucky to know where to find a drill, let alone know how to use it to really fix anything. I say routinely, "Three dimensional things and I don't get along."
My wife, Debbie, is actually very handy, a gift she inherited from her dad, Dale (in the picture on the far right). That said, who has time when you're raising teenage girls?? Now Dale, again Debbie's dad, now HE'S handy. I've tried on multiple occasions to recruit him to work for me, but he's retired.
So since neither Debbie or Dale could help what's a girl to do. I started making calls to find THE guy (or girl) who could help fix our stuff. You know, replace a ceiling fan, put in a new garbage disposal, add a pony wall when I really got into the HGTV home improvement mode. It would take multiple calls just to find someone who could come to our home, and then multiple attempts to get someone we were actually comfortable with. Then it hit me - there's a shortage of handy people, so why not open a handyman business. I'm all for women doing handyman stuff, but honestly the word handyman just has a better ring to it.
That's me in the middle, black jacket. Free hour of service if you know where pic was taken.