The house is ready... is your waterfront too?
This is the fun
part of lake living, so don't neglect the "shore appeal" of your
waterfront, especially since many buyers view properties by boat in
the summer season.
Most buyers for Lake Gaston real estate are in the waterfront market
for vacation use or as a retirement home. Most likely, they will
not have the time or ability, and won't want to spend funds to
undertake any projects, especially around the water.
Your boathouse is
the "special treasure" of owning a lake property, so if you have one,
be sure its clean inside and out! Replace worn cables, lift
parts or cleats if needed. Remove clutter from the storage room.
If space allows, display water toys if space allows. Repaint or
stain the siding or decking if it looks sunbeaten or worn.
Docks and Decking:
Replace worn or
broken boards in the docks or shorefront decks. Hammer down popped up
nails, and tighten cleats. Paint, stain or power wash the entire
dock if it shows signs of aging. Even though the boat goes with
you, replacing dock lines and
fenders brightens up the area and brings out the "sailor" in all of
If you are
fortunate enough to have a sandy shorefront, rake the beach area
periodically, removing weeds and debris. Stage the area to draw
visions of children playing in the sand, or parents sipping on on a
cold drink and basking in the sun.
If possible (and
permitted by Dominion), have the waterfront area landscaped and
the woods cleaned up.
Staging the dock area or waterfront area with outdoor furniture helps
to create a feeling of fun, relaxation and desire... for your
property! If aquatic
weeds are a problem, it is essential to preplan and schedule at least
one, if not two weed treatments especially if your property will be on
the market mid summer to fall. Convincing your neighbors to do
the same thing will pay off too!
Maximize the View:
Clean windows in
the house that face the water, remove decorations or lamps which may
block the view.
permits for work completed on the Dominion's property so it's
available to potential buyers.