Buying or selling a home can be equal parts exciting and stressful. The key to making your move more of the former and less of the latter is preparation.
For example, squaring away your real estate partner, conducting proper maintenance and repairs, scheduling lawn care services, and working with a local professional moving company can eliminate much of the effort and stress that goes into your move in the days and weeks leading up to it.
But there are other aspects to preparing ahead for buying or selling a home that go beyond planning and carrying out the actual move. Here are three important items to consider whether you’re planning to buy or sell a home in the near future:
Get to know the community
Every neighborhood has its own personality and list of quirks. If you’re considering buying a home in a neighborhood you’re unfamiliar with, it pays to speak to the current owners and their neighbors as well as former residents (if possible) to get a well-rounded understanding of what it’s like to live there. As a seller, you should make yourself available to answer questions from prospective buyers about the neighborhood.
If you’re a very social person who loves to get together with friends and neighbors regularly, but the neighborhood tends to be very quiet and families generally keep to themselves, you may not want to commit to 30 years in that area.
Your investigation should also include a run down of any Homeowner Association (HOA) regulations that may be enforced in the neighborhood, as well as fees, if applicable. For example, some Pensacola communities have HOA guidelines regarding how high the grass can be, whether or not a certain type of swimming pool or fence is allowed, and other details that could impact your vision for your home.
Get a realistic view of labor and expenses
Buying a home is likely the largest purchase you’ll make in your lifetime, so it’s not a good time to let your emotions make all the decisions. Owning a home is a huge responsibility and homeowners need to routinely balance the cost (in time and effort) of maintaining their home themselves with the cost (in dollars and cents) of paying professionals to take on various tasks.
One good example is lawn care. If you know you have very little time in your schedule to devote to caring for a lawn, then there are two obvious choices when you’re searching for a house to buy:
- Limit your selection to homes with very small (or no) lawns.
- Find out what it will cost to hire a professional Pensacola lawn care company to handle it for you.
Without considering this ahead of time, you might find that your new home’s lawn gets neglected or becomes a burden down the road.
Again, as a seller, the right thing to do is to be upfront about the real cost and labor involved in owning your home.
Understand curbside appeal
The concept of “curbside appeal” is sometimes made out to be a trick of the real estate trade. But making a few superficial cosmetic upgrades won’t fool anyone for long if they’re paying attention during their home search. Rather, real curbside appeal is an essential element that both buyers and sellers can use to their advantage in preparation for the sale.
From a seller’s perspective, real curbside appeal involves the first impression your home and property makes on prospective buyers when they see it for the first time. It only makes sense that a neat and tidy front yard, driveway, walkway, and front porch are all going to impress prospective buyers from the start. Anything that makes them stop the car and write down your agent’s phone number (or the online equivalent, saving your home on Zillow and similar sites) is an important step toward closing the deal.
However, it’s important that improvements you make to the home for this purpose are more than just superficial, since these will add little value and may even be considered misleading, which can turn off a buyer quickly.
As a buyer, a property’s curbside appeal — when it proves to be legitimate — can tell you a lot about the current effort put into maintaining the home. If the house and lawn looks great and, upon further inspection, the home seems to be well maintained and in good working order, you’ve gained some useful insight into the value of the home. And that’s worth a tremendous amount in peace of mind.
If you’re looking forward to buying or selling your home in the near future and you’d like some professional help hitting the right notes in preparation for your move, contact Lawn Master today. We can help make a property shine in the community, meet HOA requirements for lawn care, control lawn care costs, and boost the property’s curbside appeal, all at a reasonable price.