Tuesday, August 23, 2011

10 Tips to Prepare Your Deep Creek Lake Home for Sale!

Living on Deep Creek Lake as a permanent resident or even during an anticipated vacation or weekend getaway is a dream for many who have discovered the Deep Creek Lake lifestyle.  Scenic views, beautiful homes, a relaxing atmosphere and great community draw in buyers from across the country!
And perhaps you’ve enjoyed your Deep Creek Lake home for many years, but have determined that you need to sell.  While we are sad to see you go, as the Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Lake Realty team, we know that our experience and committment to excellent customer service can provide you with the help you need to sell your home quickly and efficiently.  
Within the past few years, we’ve had sellers ask us about the Deep Creek Lake Real Estate market and how to effectively sell a home given the current national buyers market.  We understand the concern and want to encourage you that, even though it is a buyer’s market; selling your Deep Creek Lake home is not impossible!  In fact, with many buyers interested in settling down permanently or having a Deep Creek Lake vacation home, we know that there are interested buyers visiting Deep Creek Lake on a regular basis. 
So what can you do ensure your home stands out amongst all the other homes on Deep Creek Lake?  I’ve gathered ten tips that will help you get your home ready to sell and provide that attention to detail that will entice buyers.  Take a look!
1. Improve your landscaping- Curb appeal is crucial to a good first impression, so make sure your Deep Creek Lake home’s lawn is immaculate.  Add a few potted plants outside when you know your home is going to be shown to potential buyers for a welcoming touch. Make sure your lawn is free of debris and mowed, and that bushes stay trimmed to give your curb appeal a finished appearance.
2. Clean the outside- A disheveled exterior will make buyers think you've slacked off on interior maintenance as well. Be sure to clean the gutters and pressure wash your home's siding if needed. If you have a porch, make it as welcoming as possible!
3. Make the front door inviting- A fresh coat of paint, especially in a color that contrasts with the home, will make the front door stand out. Replace faded house numbers so Deep Creek Lake buyers can see them from the road.
4. Make repairs- In a buyer’s market, you want your home to be in the best condition possible. Deep Creek Lake buyers know what to expect in a home. Take care of major defects like broken windows or a leaky roof as well as smaller repairs such as a loose hinges on a cabinet or a missing brick from your walkway. Knowing there are things that will need to be fixed when they move in can greatly discourage buyers.
5. Buy a new welcome mat- Let buyers know they're invited into your home. This is a seemingly small thing to do, but an old, dirty welcome mat that has been weathered will make buyers wonder what else you’ve overlooked in your home. A fresh mat will show buyers that you pay attention to the smallest details in every aspect of your Deep Creek Lake home.
6. Organize closets and drawers- Messy closets give the appearance that your home doesn't have enough storage space. Having built-in organizers in closets, and even the kitchen pantry, will give the impression that keeping things organized will be a breeze.
7. Remove clutter and depersonalize- Buyers want to envision their belongings in your home. By removing personal photos and items; buyers will be less distracted. If your storage space is limited, perhaps renting a storage unit while your home is on the market is a smart choice. Extra furniture will only make your home appear smaller and more cluttered.
8. Make every surface shine- From ceiling fans to floors and everything in between; clean your home until it shines!  A clean home will give the feeling of a healthy environment in which buyers can relax.
9. Take color down a notch- You might like your bright yellow bedroom, but it may turn those looking to buy a home on Deep Creek Lake. Paint your walls a neutral color that will appeal to a wide range of buyers.
10. Scrutinize- Go outside and open your front door. Stand there. Do you want to go inside? Does the house welcome you? Take a few minutes to do the following: Linger in the doorway of every single room and imagine how your house will look to a buyer. Examine carefully how furniture is arranged and move pieces if needed, so that the furniture arrangement makes sense. Make sure window coverings hang level. Tune in to the room's statement and its emotional pull. Does it have impact and is it aesthetically pleasing? Be the “buyer” of your own home.
These ten practical tips can help you prepare your home to sell and will help give your Deep Creek Lake home that extra boost to stand out from other homes for sale on Deep Creek Lake
If you have any questions about selling your Deep Creek Lake home, or are ready to take the next step; please feel free to contact us!  Our team of Deep Creek Lake Real Estate agents would enjoy working with you to ensure your home gets sold.  The Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Lake Realty team looks forward to hearing from you!

Patrick Kane
Sales Manager/Co-Owner
Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty
Your Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Expert

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