The three-day Memorial Day weekend holiday presents an opportunity to work on the presentation of a home for sale.
From planting flowers to tidying up driveways and clearing winter’s debris from lawns, this long weekend present plenty of time to parlay a break from the work week grind into home improvement that is sure to assist in getting your “for sale” signed topped off with a “pending” or “sold” sign.
“Curb appeal, curb appeal, curb appeal,” Sherri Sapp said. “It is all about curb appeal. If you cannot get them in the front door, you cannot sell them your house.”
Sapp of RE/MAX of Eagle River said buyers often make purchasing decisions based on what they see from the outside of a potential home. It might not be fair to the interior, but how the exterior looks drives the decision to look inside, she said.
Here are a few of her ideas to upgrade curb appeal:
Memorial Day weekend is often one used for planting in Alaska. Temperatures overnight need to be higher than the mid-40s for plants to acclimate from the warm greenhouses to being in the cooler ground. Hardening plants off by leaving them outside during the day and bringing side during the night for about a week is recommended here.
But after that, plant away.
The more color in the front yard, the better draw for potential buyers, Sapp said.
If you aren’t a green thumb or do not have time to do full-scale planting, hanging baskets are an easy option with minimal care requirements that still adds a lot of color and interest to the front of a home.
“Hanging baskets are easy if you don’t have an eye for landscape,” Sapp said.
Just keep them watered and bring them inside when it gets too windy.
The local nurseries are well stocked this time of year with a variety of colorful, eye-catching arrangements.
Reseal The Driveway
Current weather temperatures might be too chilly for this, unless we get an uptick in temps closer to the weekend.
A do-it-yourself driveway reseal is usually best completed under warm, sunny skies.
Local big box retailers sell everything you will need to complete the task: Sealant, a broom to spread it and a saw horse to block off the driveway while it hardens.
Wear clothes that can get trashed. You are bound to end up with some sealant on you and or your clothing.
“It is amazing what a fresh coat of sealant will do for a tired old driveway,” Sapp said.
Fly The Flag
Patriotism is also a big part of the Memorial Day weekend. It is time to bring Old Glory back out from her winter hiding spot and display the nation’s colors with pride and thankfulness.
Having a flag out front is yet another signal that the home is a livable, safe place, Sapp indicated.
Clean Out The Garage
Be honest: Clutter tends to collect in our garages during the winter months. Now is the time to cut through that pile and put it away until the snow flies again.
A tidy garage gives potential buyers the opportunity to imagine their stuff in their potential garage. The thought process a buyer goes through to picture him or herself and family members living in a home is key to making the sale. Clear the garage so buyers can view it as a place where their own belongings and clutter could be.