Spring is just around the corner, which means the South Lake Tahoe real estate market is about to pick up and get busy. Homeowners thinking of listing their homes for sale in South Lake Tahoe should start getting their properties ready. A South Lake Tahoe realtor can elaborate on what needs to be done to a property to get it ready for market, both inside and outside. However, after the heavy winter we have had (and it still isn’t over!), a little extra attention to the exterior will be a must. You want your home to be easy on the eyes, have great curb appeal and have a welcoming presence for potential buyers. The point is to prepare the outside of your home to entice buyers to want to come inside. Here are some great tips to Feng Shui your curb appeal.
Plants and flowers are not only a great way to add curb appeal to South Lake Tahoe homes for sale, but it does more than make things pretty. Of course, a lush yard full of vibrant colors is always the goal, but according to some Feng Shui experts, a thriving yard is a sign of good health and vitality. Due to the climate in our area, some yards don’t have grass or get too much shade from surrounding trees for plants and flowers to thrive. If this is your yard, just make sure you clean up pine needles, trash found underneath the melted snow and clean it up as best as possible. An unkept lawn isn’t a good first impression. Not only is it not welcoming, but it indicates that the rest of the property hasn’t been cared for as well. Your South Lake Tahoe Realtor can weigh in on this once they see your property and do an initial walk through.
Peeling paint is a sign South Lake Tahoe real estate hasn’t been cared for. If you have multiple large spots around the house, paint match and touch up. If it is bad enough, consider having the exterior completely redone. Keeping up with the smaller, insignificant tasks shows pride of ownership. If you don’t, a small problem can turn into a bigger one, or at least a big eye sore.
After all the snow, pay extra attention to the garage and driveway. Visitors need to be able to easily access your property without any hazards. If you got more snow than you could keep up with, hire a pro to come clean things up and put down ice melt where necessary. Making it easy to show homes for sale in South Lake Tahoe is key. Prospective buyers will be looking inside the garage to see how many cars they can fit, as well as extra storage. If you have a bunch of trash, clutter or boxes, folks can feel scattered and overwhelmed. Clean this area up so they can see all the extra space they are working with.
Clean exterior windows. These let in light, which makes living spaces look bigger and more welcoming. Dirty windows will make a home feel dark and dingy. If your property is shaded by a lot of trees, consider strategically adding extra lamps, taking down heavy, dark drapery and even removing window screens.
Make sure the front door is easy to access and in good condition. This is the first impression into a house. You can easily spruce up a front door for a fairly affordable price with new paint, a new knocker or some updated door numbers.
The best way to find out how to prepare your property for the spring market is from a local, experienced South Lake Tahoe Realtor with a proven track record. If you have more questions about our local market or just want information in general, feel free to reach out. I would be happy to help.