Mailbag: Buying, Selling, Maintenance, Exterior Upkeep

The Savvy Synopsis

We'll feature your listener questions on  the financial challenges of buying and selling at the same time and how much effort to put into exterior upkeep. 

Featured Foundations:

A Cole Realty Rundown. 

  • 1:47 - A chance encounter with an old friend makes for an interesting sale. 


  • 4:47 - Carter asks about the financial challenges of buying and selling at the same time. 
  • Answer: This is a bit of a catch-22. Of course, you want to find the perfect home before you put your house on the market. However, you really need to have your home under contract before you make an offer on your next home. After all, your money is tied up in your current home until you make the sale. In short, get your home on the market and under contract before you start going after your next home.
  • 16:25 - Bruton asks how much effort to put into the little details of the outdoor areas when getting ready to sell a home. 
  • Answer: The exterior of your home is just as important as its interior. Of course, the list of to-dos on the exterior is probably a bit longer. However, the exterior will give the first impression of your home to potential buyers. It’s worth the money to spruce up your mailbox, power wash your house’s siding and driveway, and add a few flowers or some pine straw to your flower beds. There’s no need to spend thousands of dollars in this area, but a little bit of beautification will go a long way toward attracting buyers. 

Listing Of The Week: 3609 Blueberry Drive In Raleigh.

  • 10:10 - Click here to view pictures of this home.
  • 4 beds, 3 and 1/2 baths, 2,958 square feet. 
  • Lot Size: 0.23 Acres.
  • Onsite finished hardwoods. Eat in Kitchen has huge island, 42" cabinets, wine fridge, Granite counter tops, & pot filler. Formal dining room. Built-in bookcases & gas log fireplace in family room. Surround sound. Formal living room with custom molding. 1st Floor master with barn door & walk-in closet. Master bath with soaking tub & walk-in shower. Mudroom. Laundry with cabinets. 2nd & 3rd bedrooms with Jack & Jill Bath. 4th bedroom with private bath. Loft. 2 unfinished bonus rooms. Screened porch. Fenced yard. Natural gas fire pit & extended patio.

Ask The Inspector. 

  • During a home inspection, what should I be focusing on when it comes to the furnace and the A/C?
  • Answer: Your heating and air units are typically the more expensive units in your home, and their function is integral to living comfortably. You’ll want to secure any records of their maintenance. As a side note, you can use these items as a negotiation piece when buying a home. If their quality is subpar, use that bargaining chip to get a better deal on your buy.

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