Sellers: Shovel Your Snow

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Real Estate Agent with Fab Real Estate

It's been a week since our last snow storm.  Yet, just yesterday when I was showing homes to buyer clients of mine, we encountered a home that has not shoveled their driveway, the walkway to the front door, nor the front steps.

This home is on a narrow "country" road, so parking in front of the home created an obstacle course for neighbors to get around our cars.  Not a great way to create neighborhood unity.

Given the last storm was a mixture of sleet, freezing rain and snow, and that we've experienced mostly sub-freezing temperatures since then (with the wonderful exception of portions of yesterday and today), the front steps were piled about six inches high of solid ice.  We could open the front door just enough to squeeze through.  And, we had to help each other up the steps, holding each other's hands and the railings, while pulling each other up the stairs and into the home.  Getting out and back down the steps was even more fun...I wish we had a video camera.

Of course, the back deck was not shoveled, either, and we could not open the back door to venture out there.

Granted, this home is vacant.  But it is still in the seller's interests to maintain the home while it is being marketed, and the make the home possible to view.  Buyers who were not as game to brave the icy steps would have bypassed this home altogether.  Not to mention the liability issues if someone falls and hurts themselves while trying to view your home.

Sellers, be sure to maintain your home - and the snow - even if you are no longer living there.  It's not only for the safety of those viewing your home, but a well-maintained home gives the appearance of a loved and cared for home...things that buyers want to see.

 

Don Fabrizio-Garcia
REALTOR
Prudential Connecticut Realty
203.746.1199
Connecticut Real Estate and Homes for Sale

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Lenn Harley
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Yes.  I had to take my snow shovel with me to clear a path for the termite inspector Saturday.  The house is vacant but the walk still needs to be safe.

 

Feb 21, 2007 02:31 PM #1
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Don Fabrizio-Garcia
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Not only to be safe...but in some situations, too much snow and ice will deny access to the property by potential buyers.
Feb 21, 2007 02:51 PM #2
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Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Kitty Hawk, NC
I was showing vacant second homes on Sunday. Some of them had the heat turned all the way down. The wife was a blurr as she flew around these houses in a hurry to get back out in the car. There is no way a buyer will decide to buy a house if they are inconvenienced right from the start. And they think they are saving money.
Feb 21, 2007 04:45 PM #3
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Don Fabrizio-Garcia
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Greg - Yes, you sellers need to leave the heat on in the winter, and the A/C on in the winter, even if the home is vacant.  They don't need to keep either on high - just high enough to make the home fairly comfortable, and to be noticed when buyers walk in.
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