I love this time of year in Seattle. I was out taking pictures of my yard the other day. Even if it's gray outside, which it often is, the flowers, the plantings and all the trees look just gorgeous. My yard is starting to look its best. Your yard is probably looking great, too. The fresh growth on the plants and trees and the flowers make such a beautiful backdrop for a home this time of year. Even if you don't have a lot of flowers, the fresh green colors still look terrific, so don't overlook your shrubs and trees.
Now think of your yard and how it looks in November. There's no comparison. It's obvious how wonderful everything looks compared to how the exterior of your home and yard look in November.
Don't waste this opportunity. Take time to snap some photos of your home and your yard. You'll have them available whenever you sell your home. In today's world, the online photos of your home are the first thing most buyers see. If the photos are great, there's a far better chance that a buyer will come see your home.
And don't forget to take pictures of your deck. Most of us don't have our patio furniture out in November so now is your chance.
Remember, you could sell some day in the throes of a deep and dark November! I'm sure you'd rather use photos of your yard taken in June than in November. You can always use great shots of your landscaping no matter the time of year you might be selling your home.
Happy picture taking!
Since I’ve been busy telling people now is the time to sell a home if planning to sell in 2010, I thought I’d bring up a friendly reminder about some of the top things to do around your home before you go on the market. This is by no means a complete list, but it focuses on some of the most obvious structural items both buyers and building inspectors will notice about a home. This list also is separate from a list of strictly cosmetic suggestions such as updating carpet and flooring or painting walls. Many blog posts could be written about the items you should check when preparing your home for sale, but this list is a good start.
Here’s my top ten list, with an added #11 thrown in because I’m dealing with it right now:
1. The Condition of roof – Does it need to be cleaned? Repaired? Replaced?
3. Deck material rotted? Railings, steps, deck boards, joists, beams, etc.?
4. Electrical – Non professional work? Panel breakers match wire size? Non grounded outlets?
5. Handrails Are they secured to wall? Are they installed where they should be?
6. Shower tile grout and sealant conditions?
7. Condition of the bathroom floors at tub/shower and toilet?
8. Smoke detectors? Are they working? Do they need batteries?
9. Furnace Has the furnace been serviced recently? Does the filter need cleaning or replacement?
10. Crawl space? Is there moisture in crawl space? Is a vapor barrier installed? Ventilation adequate? Wood scraps or debris which needs to be removed?
11. My new personal favorite is to check your chimney and fireplace. Hire a professional if you have not had your chimney checked or serviced. Make sure it is safe to use. (I’m having some fun doing this now and will fill you in at a later date as to what is involved.)
What other things should be checked out before a home goes on the market?