Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Get Your Deep Creek Lake Home Ready to Sell This Spring!

If you’re planning on selling your Deep Creek Lake home this spring, you’ll want to begin now with getting it ready to go on the Deep Creek Lake Real Estate market.  Although it may not feel completely like spring yet, it’s just around the corner and with this being one of the busiest season for buyers and sellers; you’ll want to get a jump start on prepping your home for sale.
As Deep Creek Real Estate agents for many years with Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty; we can assure you that the competition between sellers can be tough especially in our current buyers’ market.  You’ll want to do everything you can to make your home stand out from other Deep Creek Lake homes on the market.  
We understand that selling your Deep Creek Lake home can sound like a stressful process, but if you take some time to get your home in tip top shape and have a trusted Deep Creek Real Estate agent by your side; we’re confident your home can sell in an efficient and timely manner.  Below are ten easy tips for getting your home ready to sell this spring!
1. Examine your Front Door: Deep Creek Lake winters, as well as wear and tear from use, can leave front doors looking dingy and weak. Replacing doors with a more energy efficient door looks great and saves money on heating and air. Don’t want to spend a lot? A simple paint job will give your old door an updated and refreshed look.
2. Clean Gutters: Gutters are a breeding ground for insects, mold, mildew and algae spores that can enter your attic and allow biological growths to enter your Deep Creek Lake home. Scoop out debris and run water down the gutter with a hose. Invest in a gutter cap or screen. Scrub out the inside with a gutter brush.
3. Check the Foundation: Inspect the foundation of your Deep Creek Lake home for large cracks and shifts in the blocks. Seal large cracks and gaps between the foundation and concrete/earth and directly on the concrete.  
4. De-Clutter: It’s easy to collect things in your home during the winter months, but spring is all about having a fresh start!  Take time to evaluate the things you really need to keep and those things that you can part with.  Then, establish an organization system.  Hardware stores offer a range of affordable shelving solutions.
5. Check the Basement: Scan everything in the basement of your Deep Creek Lake home.  Check the water and sewer pipes for leaks, mold and tearing and pests. Address problems immediately either with a water vacuum, dehumidifier or new gutter drains. Drain sediment from hot water heaters and change your furnace filter.
6. Clean the Deck: Warm weather in the Deep Creek Lake area area means spending a lot of time outdoors on your home’s deck or patio!  You want this area of your home to really shine and reflect how you care for your home.  Remove grime, pollen, fungus and mildew by scrubbing the surface with a deck or patio cleanser.  Of course you’ll also want to brush off your outdoor furniture and create the living space that you’ll enjoy for months to come!
7. Get Rid of Mold: Examine your ceilings, attic, walls and bathrooms. If you do notice mold, you must identify the source of the mold before repainting. Ask a local contractor for help. When you are ready to repaint, use mold growth inhibitor paint made for high moisture areas.
8. Exterior Paint: Carefully scrape, prime and paint peeling spots on trim or woodwork. You'll protect wood against summer's heat and moisture and prevent a more difficult paint job come fall.
9. Reseal: Caulk and other sealants safeguard your home against rain and snow at vulnerable points such as cracks and open joints. Winter can rip caulk apart. Scrape out old caulk using a painter's five-in-one tool. Clean and disinfect with one-part liquid chlorine bleach in three parts warm water.
10. Add some green: The first thing guests notice when approaching your Deep Creek Lake home is color, light and symmetry. When adding new shrubbery, keep it symmetrical. Change outdoor light bulbs to energy efficient bulbs. It is amazing what some flowers, light and fresh paint can accomplish in your home on Deep Creek Lake!
We hope that as you think of selling your Deep Creek Lake homes this spring, these ten tips will help!  Buyers want to see that your Deep Creek Lake home is fresh and move in ready.  
As always, we’re here to help!  Whether you want to know more about the current Deep Creek Lake Real Estate market, want to learn more about the home selling process or are searching for a Deep Creek Lake Real Estate agent to get your home sold; we can help!
We look forward to helping you sell your Deep Creek Lake home!

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

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