Renovating your home before you sell | DC MD VA

A Home Fixer-Upper Win-Win-Win:

We’ve all seen the fixer-upper shows on TV, where a homeowner or family wants or needs to sell their house for a certain amount of money…only to be told that, unfortunately, the house’s condition won’t give them a good enough price to move up or accomplish that next housing goal. Some of these homes are easy “fixes”: a little paint, a little cleanup and trim here and there, and both the “curb appeal” and the appeal to a mortgage banker or potential new owner shoots up dramatically.

But some of them need more than a few trips to the hardware store or a couple of rounds of DIY Saturdays. Even “minor” home repairs, when done by pros, can add up to thousands of dollars ( What if you don’t have funding available for all those jobs? It can mean selling the house at a considerably lower figure than you’d like to see. You see these homes out there all the time, being sold “as-is” with no warranties or promises. In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors, some 43 percent of homes actually sell for less than their asking price. You may think that’s just “reality”…but it may not be a reality that you can live with in practical terms.

What to do?

If you’re not pressed for time, you might consider spacing out repairs as you can afford them. But the longer you take to accomplish all the tasks at hand, the longer you’ll need to wait before listing your home for sale. Sometimes, people go ahead and list it even while it’s still “in process”—but that’s a losing proposition on two counts. First of all, a house that’s less than “ready for prime time” takes longer to sell…and second, the longer it’s on the market, the less money you’ll be offered for it. In the meantime, you wait, and wait, for a good offer…and your dream house goes to someone else. Don’t forget Murphy’s Law, either: while you’re fixing one thing, two more are likely to pop up, which can make this kind of fix-as-you-go approach even LESS affordable in the long run.

Finally, consider this: you know your home. You understand its little quirks and work-arounds. But the potential buyer doesn’t want to deal with those things; he or she won’t be willing to overlook that slightly warped floorboard, tired kitchen tile, or leaky faucet. Every little “ding” will subtract value from your house, and most of us can’t effectively evaluate our home’s value to begin with. We don’t have the information that professional real estate agents have about the “comps” in the neighborhood—our direct competition—or about what will make our home stand out as one buyers demand. Once again, then, you could find yourself putting a lot of elbow grease into a home that might still not bring you the return you need.

Is there a better way?

Now, the answer is YES: Max Sale Price.Com, a new way to fix YOUR home and get maximum value out of it…with no worries about credit, cash flow, or robbing Peter to pay Paul. The secret? Curbio.Com specializes in homes that can be “turned around” within 30 days, typically at a cost of around $10,000 to $50,000. We do it all:

  • Painting
  • Drywall
  • Electrical
  • Flooring
  • Landscaping
  • Paving
  • Cleaning
  • Roofing repair and replacement
  • HVAC repair and replacement
  • New appliances
  • Kitchen, baths, or other updates
  • New plumbing, electrical, and hardware
  • Staging furniture and accessories

All services are done by licensed pros, with your home’s individual needs overseen by a project manager dedicated to YOUR job. This manager takes care of scheduling, coordinating, and timing…so you don’t have to. From start to finish, your job is taken care of RIGHT.

Let’s repeat this, too: all this happens with NO UPFRONT COST to you.’s pros get your house in great shape to sell for top dollar…and you don’t pay a penny UNTIL it sells. Home repairs are done, your home is staged to sell faster (and for better money!), and you don’t have to deal with any of the headaches: it’s truly a win-win-win, for both you AND your realtor.

Matthew Siegal
Co-Founder and CMO