Keowee Expert Blog OK, It’s Cooler Now
Last week I made the bold statement that the weather around Lake Keowee hasn’t really shown any signs of getting cooler. The following day, as if to answer my dare, the temperatures dropped into the 60’s at night and 70’s – low 80’s during the day giving us perfect weather to take in a Clemson Football game, which over 19,000 paid attendees did (or thereabouts). What a perfect day for a game, cruising around Lake Keowee or just about anything that involves being outdoors! All I had to do is write it in this Lake Keowee real estate expert blog and it came to pass. Ah, the power of the written word. Of course we enjoyed the outdoors whilst also putting a couple of Lake Keowee waterfront lots under contract along with a Lake Keowee waterfront home. Yep, another week another few contracts in the books. Those are the kind of statements we’d have liked to make back in 2011 and 2012. But as with any business there are ups and downs. God bless the ups! Moving forward the sales will be a bit more difficult to come by as the inventory continually decreases. There are still some excellent properties on the market and folks will continue to add their properties to the mix, but it will be a while before buyers again are able to choose from many options in different price categories. We expect the winter will put a bit of a damper on Lake Keowee waterfront sales, but spring is already on its way!
Squeezing Every Last Dollar From Your Home Sale
Another key first impression is made by the grounds of your home. If you can improve the attractiveness of your landscape without spending a lot of money, you can add a good 5 to 10 percent to the value of your home.
Minimally, you should prune existing trees, shrubs and bushes, clean out dead plants and weeds from flower beds and replace them with colorful flowering plants. Because landscaping can become a high-maintenance headache if not done carefully, choose hardy perennials that require minimal care.
If you have a damaged lawn, you may need to take additional steps. The easiest step is to repair damaged sections with new sod. While seeding is cheaper, it won’t produce grass overnight. A good patch job can make for a great quick fix.
Other lawn problems – dead areas due to lack of sunlight or a tree’s root system – can be solved by planting ground cover or creating additional flower beds.
Like a new paint job, a relatively inexpensive upgrade of existing landscaping can bring far greater returns than what you spend. But don’t do anything that would be deemed excessive by neighborhood standards. The idea is to make your home more attractive, not stand out as an oddity.
More next week….
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