It is still a real estate market of sellers and they are seeing “…some agents writing escalator clauses into offers so a client’s offer automatically increases to a certain point if a bidding war for a property ensues.” Some markets are changing, like Anchorage, where supply increased slightly and buyers have more time to make choices.
When or if it becomes a real estate market of sellers in Ft. Wayne, “Sellers, whether builders or private parties with pre-owned homes, need to do more to make their homes attractive.
Timothy Dahl tells us that “A well maintained yard boosts property value, put you in the good graces of your neighbors, and even prevent a break-in.” I ought to know. I once had a neighbor who always had a well-maintained lawn and if your lawn looked a little ragged, he would come to your door and talk to you about mowing or edging it. He did it in a nice way, but instead of being the fashion police, he made himself the lawn police. He died a young man with a lovely lawn.
Of course, Dahl recommends that you always use eye protection, ear protection, gloves and even protective clothing. I can’t tell you how many times I could have had serious eye injury working around plants when pruning, if I had not had protective eye glasses.
The first thing people notice is the lawn. Is it mowed and edged and the sidewalk swept when done? Mowing the lawn is like pruning. You should mow regularly and only remove about a third off the top. Don’t bag the clippings, but let them stay on the lawn that way the clippings return nutrients back and make the lawn thicker. Water frequently. It is a lot easier to water and keep it green, than trying to rejuvenate a brown and dried out lawn. Plus, that is traumatic for the lawn.
Trim your hedges. If you do the trimming use a power shears. They can be electric or gas powered. Start on the sides and work up and down. Do the top last. You can get a long bar on the power shears, but they can be heavy and awkward.
Tend to your flowerbeds. First rake out the dried leaves then get rid of the weeds. You can either pull them or spade up the beds. You run the risk of disturbing any bulbs in the ground if you use a spade. It’s best to pull the weeds and lay at least three inches of mulch that smothers the weeds or makes them easy to pull them in the future.
Have the trees pruned once a year. Pruning tends to open up the tree allowing good airflow. It also removes dead or broken branches that can get disease and spread that disease to the rest of the tree. Your trees will love you for the attention and will be much stronger able to withstand Mother Nature.
Finally, look at your lawn furniture. It may need cleaning. A hose works great, but for tougher stains use some mild soap and water. If the cushions and umbrella look faded, you might investigate the new fabrics that are sun and weather resistant. Remember, to make things look fresh, colorful seat cushions give the furniture some pop.
A well maintained yard boosts property value. If you are ready to capture that increased value, but want out now, give us a call. We buy for cash and can close in less time than it takes for the lawn to grow weeds.
We are JT Integrity Properties. Whether it is a real estate market of sellers or becomes a buyer’s market, we are here to help homeowners out of any kind of distressed situation. As investors, we are in business to make a modest profit on any deal, however we can help homeowners out of just about any situation, no matter what! There are no fees, upfront costs, commissions, or anything else. Just the simple honest truth about your home and how we can help you sell it fast to resolve any situation.
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