It’s no surprise that the Real Estate market typically peaks in the summertime in Canada, and it’s in large part due to the fact that the weather is usually great and it’s as agreeable place to live as any you could find. Now, of course, we do have Canadian winters too but most people enjoy winter activities like skiing, snowshoeing, and ice fishing as much as they do enjoying outdoor activities in the sun and warmth of the summer. A well kept home with a nice front and back yard looks especially good at this time of the year, and it’s a fact that many a man actually enjoy taking out the mower and cutting the grass.
Anyone selling their home at this time of the year is putting both the home itself and the lifestyle it offers on display for prospective clients. Savvy realtors will be able to advise clients on the importance of ‘curb appeal’ and other perspectives that are relevant when a buyer is evaluating a property for sale as much as the home itself. A good realtor is an experienced realtor, and here at Real Estate Leads our online real estate lead generation system is a great way to invest in your prospecting efforts for real results and build your client base more quickly.
Here’s some tips that are good advice for home sellers:
Consider a fresh coat of paint
Time and weather wear on your wooden porch or fence big time over the years, but other painted outdoor surface can also degenerate quickly in tough Canadian climates. Thoroughly cleaning and then painting a home does much for making a yard look fresh and full of potential. Ideas for owners to consider would be painting a front door or redoing paint on pillarwork around the exterior.
Take a Look at Paved Areas
Driveways, walkways, and sidewalks can be redone for much less than owners would expect, and more often than not what is commonly done is more of a makeover. Edging to remove overgrown grass can creates clean, defined lines along entryways and flowerbeds and removing weeds from cracks is advisable as well. Power washing or resealing the driveway are also good choices to add to a clean appearance. Levelling out uneven paving stones is smart as well and not much is required to do it.
Trim and Shape Vegetation
Tidy up flowerbeds to a reasonable level of presentation shouldn’t take more than a full afternoon’s work. Simply cut back any dead foliage, rake out straggling leaves, and then if inclined you can also add in some mulch or coloured wood chips to give beds a crisp, fresh look. Decorative trees or shrubs should be trimmed and they should be sure to dispose of yard waste as thoroughly and as soon as you can before the home is shown. Something you’ll also want to prevent buyers from seeing is yellow spots in their grass left by pets. At least show that you are aware of this issue and are treating and re-seeding the area currently.
Add Final Touches
A few basic planters – hung or planted – with colourful blossoms will they enhance a clients’ home’s charm. Another great idea is to suggest they add some light staging to their outdoor areas. Many stagers will arrange patio furniture to create a space for conversation, adding a few outdoor throw pillows and perhaps an outdoor table setting. Have the place looking great, with a sharply manicured lawn and garden on display!
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