Spring has sprung, the grass has Riz
I wonder where, the buyers iz?
As the weather warms up, those of us carrying single family home listings need to remember to pay some attention to those listings. This is a good time to take a good look a the property, and suggest that your seller do some "housekeeping".
In the northern climes, Winter takes a toll on homes... as the snow melts away, and Spring reveals her glory, you may want to look toward refreshing your listing.
1) Look around the property... has the melting snow left piles of debris around the property... is the driveway, or sidewalk grungy or cracked? Has the rose trellis taken a beating, or does the mailbox look old and battered... what about the storm/screen door. These are some of the first things that a potential buyer sees... they make your first impression. Remove any debris, clean or powerwash the sidewalk, driveway or deck, touch up any parts of the exterior that look tired and worn.
2) With FHA so much a part of our lives these days, please make sure that any peeling paint on the exterior of your home is taken care of. Peeling paint sends the wrong message... (the same for curling or missing roof shingles)...are there any fence posts, or slats that need attention or are missing... fence gate ajar, or shed door?
3) If your photos (on the MLS and any other websites) have snow in them.... or trees with no leaves, now is the time to replace those winter photos with fresh verdant images. Green, green grass and fully leafed-out trees... lush vegetation around the property... nicely trimmed.
4) Which leads us to Landscaping. is not the time to play amateur landscaper, and test out the new "push mower". Hire a professional landscaper, and have them come weekly. Have them trim flower beds, pull weeds, trim hedges and trees.. make your lawn the envy of the neighborhood. If you have some tired, wimpy old bushes or shrubs, replace them.
5) Flowers. I can't over-emphasize the value of some "colour" from the street. Plant flowers, as you can, they don't have to be hybrid roses (in fact it's better if they're not)... some colourful Geraniums, pansies, impatiens, begonias... whatever is bright, colourful, and inexpensive. If you can't plant flowers around the property... you might try planting flower pots all around, the front and the patio and the yard. Be creative... flower hanging bags along the fence... or hanging from a tree. You and I both know that these are annuals, and they're not coming back next year... but it adds so much to the curb appeal of your listing.
6) Here's an obvious one as the weather warms up, sometimes our "For Sale" sign starts to sag forward (as the ground unfreezes)... don't be a doofus... walk over to the sign, and straighten it up.
7) This is a good time to review your listing price. Is your price still competitive? Really? Really?! Be objective... make sure... if you're still on the market, time to be introspective.