3 Ways to Get Your Lakefront Home Ready for a Spring Sale

Selling a lakefront home can be both an exciting and daunting task. From finding a new home to hiring movers, there’s so much to do, so much to plan for, not to mention it’s cold outside!

No worries. Warm spring days are just around the corner. But before you decide to settle in and wait out the winter chill, you may want to think about taking advantage of the winter months to get your lakefront home ready for selling season.

And given recent real estate trends that favor sellers, your spring home sale could bring in more than you anticipated. Why not capitalize on it?

Make sure your lakefront home is ready for a speedy spring sale with these three simple tips.


Stage your lakefront home to maximize its appeal to buyers

Putting your lakefront home on the market may be a few months off, but keep in mind that  staging your home can make all the difference.

Start by looking at your home through the eyes of a would-be buyer.

Here’s a helpful question to get the wheels turning: In order to appeal to a broad spectrum of buyers (not just you, or your family or your friends), what needs to change in your current home or stay the same?

One thing that helps is to define a clear function for each space in your current home, then take into account things like furniture choices and paint colors. Clarifying the role of each room in the home, combined with neutral decorative choices, can help pave the way for an interested buyer to lay out an offer. Also remove decorations, books, shelving, accessories etc. that make your current home feel cramped.

And since lakefront living is one of the main draws for your current home, make sure any window treatments serve to frame water views rather than obscure them.

TIP: You may be able to stage your home on your own, but some sellers benefit from hiring an interior designer or staging consultant to help. Talk to your real estate professional for some guidance.


Make landscaping and yard maintenance choices with spring in mind

Landscaping can make a big difference between winning a sale quickly or dragging out the process. Your lakefront home may have a lot going for it already, but making some wise landscaping choices now could win on-the-fence buyers over to your side. Here are a few tips:

Go green: It may be brown now, but late winter can be a good time to seed your lawn. A little work and a small investment now can make a big difference when the weather warms up.

Help your hardscapes: Winter freezes can wreak havoc on some stone and concrete work. Inspect your hardscapes to make sure they’re in good shape, and make repairs as needed so they’re ready for selling season.

Repair recreational areas: Don’t neglect dock, pool and beach areas. You may not frequent these areas much during the winter, so it’s easy to neglect them. But these focal points of lakefront living garner a lot of attention; make sure they’re properly landscaped and maintained.


Work with your real estate professional to tell the home’s story

You know your current home’s story… and why it’s a worthwhile investment for others.

While property data about your lakefront home is important, keep in mind that it only communicates part of the value of your current home. The other part of the home sale process relies on buyers being able to imagine what life would be like in this particular lakefront home.

Before putting your home on the market this spring, make sure to provide some input to your real estate professional so he or she can tell a good story. A good real estate agent can take what he or she learns from you and combine that information with compelling marketing pieces like photos, videos and text to tell a story that motivates home shoppers to act.

Spring selling season is on its way

There you have it. Three simple ways to get your lakefront home ready for a spring sale. With a little foresight and effort, selling your home this spring can go much more smoothly.

Tagged With: , , | Posted: January 17, 2018