August 10, 2018
Improve the Appearance of Your Waterfront Home Before Selling!
Curb appeal is a major selling point for any home. Improving the curb appeal usually entails mowing the lawn, manicuring the landscaping and cleaning up the front of the home so that anyone driving by sees the property in its best light. With a waterfront home, there are two “curbs” to focus on, the front of the home and the shoreline. Cleaning up the waterfront side is just as important, if not more important, than cleaning up the traditional curbside. Hop on the boat and take a few turns in front of your home on the water and see if there is anything out of place or any ways you can improve the look of your home.
Stage The Waterfront
The ability to see the full potential of the lakeshore is necessary when purchasing a lake home. Buyers need to clearly see the amount of lakeshore that comes along with your home, so you might need to do a little tidying up. This step may include hiring a professional before blindly going into it and chopping down all the trees. Another selling point is being able to visualize what the home will be used for. For example, adding in some patio furniture and a grill can showcase the use of the outdoor space. Another use of visualization is showcasing some water toys like a jet ski or boat.
One simple thing you can do to improve the visibility of your waterfront is to the clean the windows. Living along the water means your windows are going to get dirty, it’s just part of the package. Before buyers show up, though, make sure this isn’t the case with your home. Make your windows sparkle so buyers can see the full beauty of your lakeshore home.
A Path to The Dock
It is inevitable for buyers to take a trip down to the dock when they are viewing your home. If you haven’t been keeping up with the landscaping, there is likely some undergrowth that needs trimming. Buyers are looking for easy access and qualities that already come along with the home. If the path is cleared, that is one less thing to worry about.
Clean Up The Shoreline
Making sure that the shoreline of your waterfront home is clean and free of debris is crucial. Trash, fishing line, floats, plastic bag or anything else that ends up in the water has the potential of washing up on your shoreline. Visible weeds in the water can detract from the beauty of your shoreline as well. While you know and expect there to be weeds and litter from time to time, potential buyers have a different image in mind when they think about their dream waterfront home. There is no trash in their dreams, so it is important to make sure that there is no trash and debris when they see your beautiful home and shoreline.