The listing at the kitchen table on the Maine home that has issues, deferred maintenance.
In small rural markets, hiring staging is not in the cards. Pie from the proceeds on the resale too small. Not enough slices.
So the situation when the Maine real estate agent, broker can suggest until the cows come home.
Woulda, shoulda, coulda if it involves money not there at the property owner's disposal.
To tap into, forget it. Save your breath.
Just not going to see the Maine roof replaced before it starts leaking.
The kitchen torn linoleum replaced with something not so harvest gold, sunshine yellow.
The faded Priscilla curtains removed all together that are too dingy, worn out from cats using them like a playground amusement ride.
And roll up your sleeves. Apply that old newspaper, some vinegar and water.
To make those windows shine, cobweb free to lighten up the inside of this tomb.
Priced right, attracting a contractor who wants to keep his men busy this winter, on the clock. For the next busy spring/summer/fall building and remodeling cycle.
Or the young couple with the support team of Mom, Dad, Aunts and Uncles who heave ho. Here we go. And like a pot luck covered dish supper, all join forces and help create something from the Charlie Brown Christmas tree.
The Maine home that has lost a lot of it's sparkle, showing the miles from wear and tear.
Not so much money poured back in to add to the zing. Because it was tapped for other necessities like oh I don't know.
Groceries, kid's school supplies and clothing.
The property taxes, house insurance, heating fuel to keep the wolf from the door.
Keeping the old Hudson Terraplane running on broken, recycled parts.
But often it is the cross or mixed use of the real estate to brag up, point out, highlight. Pull back on the rack focus on the property itself. And brag up, point out the location with the larger than most corner lot, easy zoning that allows flexible uses to the Maine real estate.
Clean, debris free when the local community allows a garbage amnesty.
Where white flags are waved, and for a short window of opportunity, bring those old TVs, computer monitors, those stashed away trash items to dispose of them once and for all.
A million little things with just a couple hours, a few household garden variety tools put into use.
Trimming the out of control gumdrop that no longer are that size shrubs.
Hanging two crooked shutters back up straight.
Finding and finishing off a half gallon of paint kicking around to treat them. Spruce them up.
Make them look new again. Mow and trim like it's the Whitehouse coming, taking over for the weekend. Organize the four piles of junk into one with a tarp over it back in the corner of the garage. Rather than strewn all over it so no way it is used for cars because just no room. Tidy is not happening.
Making it better than it was can be using the resources you do have involving your head, back and not your wallet.
Which is pretty fruit fly generating. When the real estate agent, broker, REALTOR says open wide and spring for some cash to do this, this and oh yeah if you get around to it too.