SELLERS: Clean Up Your Yard!

Real Estate Agent with Davis R. Chant, REALTORS RS301772

One of the challenges I face as a Realtor working in what is primarily a vacation home market is showing properties that look, for all intents and purposes, somewhat abandoned.

It's easy to forget the other home you own when you are busy living life in your primary location: your kids have activities, your job has demands, your main house requires attention. I get that - but when you have your vacation home on the market to try and sell it, it must take first priority, at least for a little while.

A home looks abandoned and uncared for when there are piles (no matter how small or large) of dead leaves around - Dead Leavesespecially on decks and porches.  This feeling of abandonment is heightened when it is obvious the leaves have been sitting there for months on end and are starting to decompose.  Combine this with fallen branches, sticks, twigs from the winter months....combined with trim, decking, and railings that need powerwashing and fresh stain/sealant.... and you have a depressing picture indeed.

Buyers eager to find their Lake Wallenpaupack or Lake Ariel vacation home are turned off by homes wearing a sad winter cloak of neglected landscaping and deferred exterior maintenace. It doesn't matter how nice it looks inside - those first moments of engagement when they step out of the car and look around outside are critical. Especially if you are priced at the top of the market. 

It's bad enough in April and May, but when this neglect stretches out into June and July - the message is clear: the sellers have given up on their lake house and may be desperate to sell and open to lowball offers, if any.  Many buyers don't *want* a project; they want a vacation home they can start enjoying right away... and will refuse to even go inside if the outside looks neglected enough.

Now, the majority of the vacation homes PA's Pocono Lakes Region certainly do not look as extreme as this poor house - not at all...but the feeling and impression is there. 

Sellers, do yourselves a favor - clean up your yards, treat your exterior woodwork, clean and repair gutters, remove the mildew and moss from your roof, especially if you want market value for your home. There are lake houses for sale with clean driveways, tidy yards, fresh paint or stain, priced at market value...and those are the homes the buyers are going to jump on first.

If you're ready to sell, I'll be happy to provide a complimentary market analysis along with sound professional advice on selling your home. There is a lack of quality homes on the market right now - if you've been thinking the time is right to sell your home, we need to talk! 

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Karen Rice the grounds are the first thing potential buyers see.... and we all know "the eye buys".... clean it up and stage it....

Jun 19, 2018 04:56 AM #1
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

YOu are so right on this one!  I really hate walking into a house that has a dirty leaf filled front yard.  Makes you worry about what you are going to find inside! 

Jun 19, 2018 05:00 AM #2
Karen Rice
Davis R. Chant, REALTORS - Hawley, PA
Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales

I see it SO MUCH - compounded with decks, porches, and exterior woodwork that's been neglected...and I think...don't these people watch HGTV? LOL. This is how buyers think. Most buyers watch HGTV and get their ideas and inspiration from them.  Not saying sellers need to hire out expensive landscaping jobs, but they should at least make their property look inviting, cared for, and presentable! Thanks Barbara Todaro and Lise Howe for reading and commenting!


Jun 19, 2018 05:10 AM #3
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Karen Rice,

I've never understood why sellers don't look at the exterior of their house first and realize its like a cover on a book! It has to be appealing for a reader to want to purchase the book and the exterior of your house needs to beckon buyers in for a look! Barbara Todaro is right "the eye buys!"

Jun 19, 2018 05:23 AM #4
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow Karen Rice,  The Poconos are to nice to have places like this and all the leaves are down now, so you are right clean them up!


Jun 19, 2018 06:07 AM #5
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