Why you should take a good look at your community before listing your home for sale
Before you put your Silver Spring, MD home on the market, you go through great length to prepare it and have it show ready. You follow your REALTOR's advice (I hope!) and declutter, fix, paint, enhance curb appeal and stage inside and out.
But are you also taking a good look at your community? If not, you should because first impressions count!
Buyers are not only shopping for a home, they are also shopping for a community. It doesn't matter how attractive your home is, if the community does not appeal to the buyer, he won't buy your house. Instead, he may wonder if the monthly HOA dues are not sufficient (and how soon those will increase) or why residents are not showing pride of home ownership.
Naturally, you can't control everything but there are a few things that you can do and that can help you sell your home. If you live in a community with a HOA or in a condominium, take a walk around the common elements. Does something not look as well maintained as it should? Is anything in need of repair?
If the answer is yes, contact your property manager. They may not be aware that a bench is broken or trash is piling up behind that row of bushes or that the landscapers forgot to tend that one corner.
If you don't have a HOA or property manager, then figure out first if that problem area is one the city or county should attend to. Broken streetlights in Montgomery County, MD can be reported here.
And should your neighbor's property be an eye-sore, you can go ahead and report that as well. You may want to check in with the neighbor first though. Life happens and perhaps your neighbor just broke his leg and hasn't been able to mow his lawn. Investing a bit of your time may just help you sell your house (faster and/or for more $) and could make your neighbor's week.
Before you put your home on the market, take a good look at your community, too. One of the top 5 reasons why buyers won't enter your home are neighborhoods that don't look maintained. Remember, you only get to make one first impression and you wouldn't want that to be of a pile of trash or a broken bench, or would you?