You’re kidding me right? We are not even at the end of August, yet “time may be running out”.
Well, think about it, there are only a few weeks of summer remaining (sorry!) with weather warm enough to do a lot of outdoor prep that you will not have time to do in the early spring, because of cold or damp weather. This is true for anyone who may be contemplating a sale anytime between November and May but especially so for military personnel that are expecting a “posting notice” out of Ottawa which means an April listing.
Here are some sample projects that will help you get ready for a spring sale now:
Any outdoor painting, caulking, staining, sealing, parging or other concrete repair
Repair or replace any tired fencing or decking.
Thin out, weed and mulch gardens and plant new spring bulbs for colour.
Trim hedges, shrubs and replace any plants, trees or sod affected by bugs or heat.
Aerate, top dress and overseed the lawn and fertilize, so it will look great next spring. Hire a professional lawn service company or landscaping company if your lawn and gardens are in really poor condition.
Hint: extra watering in the fall right up to the time the snow flies is a great way to have lawns, trees, shrubbery and gardens look good early in the spring.
Clean out the eavestroughs once all the leaves are down this fall.
Get the windows cleaned inside and out.
De-clutter garage, garden shed and remove any extraneous items or materials from outside spaces.
Replace any tired outdoor furniture or accessories.
Dig out your home inspection manual and see if there are any outstanding items on the list that have not been completed.
Hint: consider a pre-listing home inspection right now! This may uncover things that need to be addressed and it may save a sale later. Many inspection items are a lot less expensive to fix before listing than after. A general home inspection may also conclude that a roofer, HVAC, foundation, WETT or other household system may require professional servicing or further inspection. Better to find it now than later!
If there is a swimming pool, have it professionally closed and inspected this fall and keep copies of work orders, invoices and any repairs or quotes.
Get your driveway sealed, so it will look well maintained come spring.
You could also take some photos of the exterior of the house and yard, garden, shrubs, trees etc. right now, as they probably look better right now than any time until early May. Having some nice color photos to use for online in in home presentation during listings, is a great tool and allows prospective buyers to see the summer state of the exterior landscaping or other features.
This is by no means a complete list and you have not even started inside yet! If you would like to discuss what you need to do to be 100% “listing ready” for a spring or winter sale, by all means give us a call, if you are not already working with another Realtor.
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