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    Memorial Day, Selling the outdoors

    Monday, May 31, 2021

    “Let their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored.”

    – Daniel Webster

    From History.com, Memorial Day is an American holiday honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.  Originally known as Decoration Day, it became an official federal holiday in 1971. Wherever you read these words, please take a pause to remember your lost loved ones.  Especially, take a moment to give thoughts and respect to all those soldiers (not just the ones you might know) who have died for our great country.   “Let their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored.” – Daniel Webster

    Unofficially, Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer season.  The warmer weather can be one of the best times to buy and sell a home!  Although it should be obvious, don’t forget that you are buying or selling a home for its year-round features!  One home I showed earlier this year had a great idea for highlighting the various seasons of their property.  The sellers left out framed photos of their backyard from every season.  It helped the buyers get a sense of what the fully bloomed perennial flowers and plants looked like in their prime seasons. The photos showed how the back porch could still be used in the tough winter months.   

    If you’re selling, consider

    1. Adding these seasonal photos to showcase your home’s year-round features.
    2. Staging the outdoor area with seasonal props like grilling tools near the grill or s’mores supplies near the fire pit. 
    3. If you’re planning on reserving any of the outdoor environment, specify the details clearly with your listing agent. 
    4. If the curb appeal or backyard is lacking, consider a landscaping consult before selling.

    If you’re buying,

    1. Imagine yourself spending time outside as well as the inside.
    2. Get a good understanding of the property’s exterior features.
    3. Evaluate the maintenance and upkeep that may be required for any existing landscape.
    4. Ask for images or descriptions of what the yard looks like on a “weathery” day. 

    As always, no matter the topic or feature of the property, consult with your agent! We are here to help you!!

    Have safe and respectful holiday weekend

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