Preparing to sell a lakeside home requires careful attention to details both inside and out. One of the draws of such a property is likely the water access. This means your beachfront and dock needs to be maintained and staged to sell. The following tips can help you do just that.
Tip #1: Landscape the lakefront
You may have overlooked your lakefront, allowing some of it to become weedy or messy. Before listing your home, head out to the property and trim back weeds, pull out brambles, and edge the area between beach and turf. You also need to clean up the beach by removing any trash, driftwood, or dead lake plants that have washed ashore. If your lakefront is suitable for swimming, it can be well worth it to make sure the swimming area is also free of any debris or garbage that lurks just under the water's surface.
Tip #2: Spruce up the beach
Cleaning up isn't enough to create a welcoming beach. If you have a sandy beach, consider bringing in some fresh sand and then raking it so it's smooth and welcoming. Put some durable furniture out, such as wooden beach loungers, and possibly some potted plants, so that buyers can more easily imagine themselves relaxing on the beach and enjoying the waterfront.
Tip #3: Make sure the dock is up to code
Many beach homes come with docks, either for boats or fishing access. Often homeowners purchase a dock but don't bother to make sure it's up to code. Before selling the house, you need to check with the local regulatory board to make sure everything is how it should be. This means that the dock is properly permitted and that it meets construction code specifications. For example, some areas may only allow fixed pier docks, while others only allow floating docks. If your dock isn't up to code, then you may need to remove it if you plan to sell the home. This can make an offer fall through.
Tip #4: Refinish and stage the dock
Once you know your dock is legal, it's time to make sure it's in great condition. If you have a Trex or similar vinyl product for docking, then there is likely no maintenance necessary other than checking that the chains, flotation barrels, or piers are in good condition, and replacing them if necessary. For treated wood docks, sand down any rough areas and make sure all the screws are tight. Finally, stage the dock with a pot of colorful flowers or a fishing chair. Also, make sure the fuel storage cabinet is in good condition and cleaned out.
While you can usually prepare the beach area on your own, dock preparation requires the help of a dock building and repair contractor. They can help you get your home ready to sell. For more information, contact a business such as Abbotts' Construction Services Inc.