Simple Features Increase Lake House Values

Want More? Simple Features Increase Lake House Values

September 22, 2013

The rocky real estate market is trending upward, so let's discuss maximizing your home value before selling:

One truth about real estate that has never changed is that you need a LOCAL realtor to advise you on what works for your specific community . . .

Waterfront home values =

Waves: Up to 70% of a lake home's value is in the "waterfront footage." Improve your seawall, dock, and deck(s) for maximum appeal . . . remember, your client may arrive to view your home by boat.

Flooring: Think "waterproof" on the main level (tile, engineered hardwood, even laminate is perferred over carpet). Companies have come a long way with flooring in the last 5 years. You might be surprised with the selection and costs of new flooring.

Landscaping: A lake home's waterfront is the "front yard." You'll have more boat traffic than road traffic. Thing "fewer but bigger" shrubbery, trees, and grasses. A pop of color in plants that coincides with deck furniture--pillows and umbrellas can really pull a property's waterfront curb appeal together.

Staging: Think fun! There are so many inexpensive, whimsical ways to decorate . . . children's art, fishing poles, driftwood, maps, fishing-lure-in-a-shadowbox . . . potential buyers eat it up.

Simplicity: Second-home buyers look for low-maintenance and a "cabin" feel. It's a "get away from work" spot. Clear off those counters and corners. It communicates a fun, relaxed, sought-after lifestyle . . . 'cause it is.