Take a look at your community before putting your home on the market

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® MD594797

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. 

Preparing your home for saleNaturally, 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?

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Thompson Company, REALTORS
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Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD. She has enjoyed assisting buyers and sellers since 2004 and focuses on residential Real Estate in  Montgomery and Howard County, MD. Andrea is a proud mom and hobby decorator with a vintage soul. She always answers the phone with a smile, enjoys running and treasure hunting and is addicted to coffee.


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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I can see where that would be very important in a more urban area than me. My mother in law's community comes to mind in Chula Visita outside of San Diego. I love her community and if it weren't in a nanny state I might even want to live there.

Jan 11, 2016 12:45 PM #1
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

I've shown in neighborhoods where my clients and I really wondered about the lack of maintenance Tammy. Is that a reflection of management or the residents or both? Are the monthly dues not sufficient or are too many residents behind? Will the fees increase substantially anytime soon? Buyers want to be comfortable with their new home and the community they purchase in.

"Nanny state", I got a good laugh out of that one

Jan 11, 2016 10:09 PM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Andrea. This is so focused and so important. I have street lights that are out and I'm calling now.

Jan 11, 2016 11:52 PM #3
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Thank you Sheila! I hope the county has already been out fixing your streetlights!

Jan 12, 2016 11:58 PM #4
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Great suggestions for a seller about to go on the market - and sometimes that condo association can make needed repairs. 

Jan 13, 2016 02:53 AM #5
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


So right on target. I find that almost all buyers ARE concerned about the community more than the house, in general. They won't necessarily just buy ANY house to be in a certain community but the neighborhood impression is a big deal. And some negatives are pretty hard to overlook.

Sadly it's not something sellers can do a lot about so they need to understand the impact and how THEIR community might stack up. And in those HOAs and gated communities it is sometimes is even more improtant - you can really tell a well managed, or not, HOA


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