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Written by Gerard Del Monte, FabCab Client Representative

As part of their plan to build a FabCab, some homeowners will be selling their current home. Depending on the age of your existing home and its condition, preparation can be a matter of just tidying up, or significant updating may be in order to make your home desirable to potential buyers. It might make all the difference between how long your home is on the market and the final selling price.

One of the first major hurdles is getting over your emotional attachment to your home. Once you have made the decision to sell, your home becomes a product for other people to buy. Look at your home through a potential buyer’s eyes.

Remember all those little things you said you’d get to “some day?” That day has arrived. Little details add up in a buyer’s subconscious. Many of these take little or no money, just a bit of time, so get right on them. Expensive remodeling may not be necessary.

Items that are the biggest bang for the buck include fresh paint inside and out as necessary, and de-cluttering your home. Make sure you have no sticking drawers or doors, squeaky hinges, etc. Windows that don’t open or secure easily are a no-no. Cracked window panes and torn screens are especially noticeable – get them fixed, and make sure all your windows are sparkling clean. Fix that leaky faucet!

Curb appeal is important. Hiring a professional landscape crew for a day to detail your lawn and plantings might very well be a wise investment. Think about power washing walkways, driveways, patios, etc.

And don’t forget your garage or basement, either. Dirty, cluttered garages or basements are a turn off. Be sure any toxic items are out of sight or reach from children or pets.

There are any number of websites that can help you decide what to do. Here are a few listed below. Good luck – we look forward to seeing you in your new FabCab!

House Staging
About.com – Selling a House
A Guide to Staging

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Summer projects under construction

We’re having a very active spring and summer building season at FabCab. Half a dozen FabCabs are under construction or about to break ground. The sites are quite varied, proving that FabCabs can be constructed on slabs or over crawl spaces or basements, on flat or hilly sites. Several of our clients have opted to expose their floor slabs, either for aesthetic reasons or to provide an economical, non-scratch floor. Stay tuned for project updates in the coming months.

Two-Story Waterfront | Camano Island, WA | Moved in: Our clients have recently moved into their Camano waterside retreat (photo of interior above). View more photos on our Facebook page.

The Butterfly House | Vashon Island, WA | In Construction: This ~1,500 sf custom home (plus 300 sf screened-in porch) features a signature butterfly roof and FabCab detailing. This home will bring the best of indoor-outdoor living to the woods of Vashon.

Family Friends | Langley, WA | In Construction: This customized 1337 sf FabCab model is sided in corrugated metal, echoing the clients’ daughter’s house next door. This house is fully FabCab, taking advantage of both our interior and exterior materials packages.

Lake Chelan Cabin | Stehekin, WA | In Construction: This ~1,200 sf two-story cabin is in an off-the-grid community on Lake Chelan. The design is adapted to the heavy snow loads and cold winters, while taking in the mountain and river views.

Lake Roosevelt House | near Kettle Falls, WA | In Construction: Expanded FabCab? You bet! This ~1800 sf version of our largest FabCab model is being built on a hilltop overlooking Lake Roosevelt in northeastern Washington State.

A Room With A View | Pend Oreille, ID | In Construction Soon: Nestled into the landscape on a steep slope, this stock 550 sf FabCab includes a large covered porch that takes full advantage of the grand views across Lake Pend Oreille.

Orcas Island Home | Eastsound, WA | In Construction Soon: This customized 1175 sf FabCab will be the full-time residence of an island couple. The inland site has a wonderful view of Turtleback Mountain.

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