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Quick Fixes for Those Pesky Holes

by Masha Halpern

Before you put your house on the market, you have to address a variety of issues. Not the least of which is making the house look fantastic. So as you survey your home, you'll start to see little problems that have to be dealt with. For example, damage to drywall where you have hung artwork or secured tall furniture pieces. And that's what I want to talk about with you. If you've got something larger than small holes, you'll probably need some professional help. It's pretty remarkable what a contractor can do to make repairs. But, if you've just got some small holes, you can save yourself some money by doing it yourself.

It's not going to take long, but we need to get some tools. You’ll need to have spackle, a putty knife, a sanding block, primer, paint and a paint brush. I’ll wait while you go get them.

Fill – Okay, we’re going to use the spackling paste to fill the hole itself. Spackle is just a putty made of plaster and glue. Fill the hole and then use the putty knife to scrape off any spackle sticking up out of the hole.

Sand – A tiny hole won’t need much, if any, sanding. But, if you can You’re going to want to use a sanding block or even a dry wall sanding screen to make sure the result is perfectly flat. Just using sandpaper by hand won’t cut it.

Paint – Again, with a small enough hole, you don’t really need to prime, but it’s not a bad idea. Then you’re going to want to find the paint that was used to cover the wall you’re working on. Usually, when an interior is painted, the contractor will leave a can of the color they used in a storeroom or garage.

If you can’t find the right paint, you’re best bet is to repaint the entire wall: Any odd color patches are going to really stand out when the room is empty of furniture. And, if the hole is a bit bigger, you can find self-adhesive patching kits that include a metal mesh and come in a variety of sizes. You’ll still need to sand, prime and paint.

If your walls are bare, you can tackle this chore quickly. And a lot less expensively than a contractor will do it!

This blog is maintained by Michael of Kim Hughes & Company.
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More Good Real Estate News For The Triangle Housing Market

by Masha Halpern

There is more good Real Estate news for the Triangle Housing Market. Here are some of the statistics shared by way of Triangle Multiple Listing Service:

New listings are down from one year ago. A decrease in listings means the market is tightening up. Inventory levels are down. As more buyers go under contract, there is less inventory for buyers to choose from. Pending sales are up in the past 12 months. This is a continuing trend for 2012. As we move into spring and summer, I expect this to continue.

Median sales slightly increased. Closed sales in the past 12 months are up 3.8%. Days on the market are still up. What this means is that home prices are slowly starting to turn the corner, there is modest growth, and that sellers need to be patient when trying to sell their home.

As a real estate broker, I love to see lower inventory of homes because it means I am helping my buyer clients find great homes, as well as meeting our homeowner clients goals by helping their houses sell.

I love when the months supply of inventory goes down. It means real estate in Durham, Chapel Hill and the Triangle area is selling. If you are interested in buying a home or wondering what the value of your current home is, call me. It would be my pleasure to discuss our services with you.

Masha

 

 

 

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Masha Halpern of Keller Williams Realty provides real estate services in the Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Durham, North Carolina area including real estate services for buyer, sellers and those relocating to the surrounding areas of Apex, Bahama,Cary, Efland, Hillsborough, Holly Springs, Mebane, Raleigh, and Wake Forest. Search for homes in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham or the surrounding communities.  Request a market analysis for your North Carolina property.  I list and sell residential real estate, investment property, vacant land, lots for sale in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Durham, North Carolina area.

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