When selling a home, many swimming pool owners think it’s enough just to clean the pool and put some nice plants around the swimming pool area. To really draw the potential buyer in, however, there are a few more things you can do.
Here’s some helpful tips from realtors about how to best stage your swimming pool.
Real estate props recommend you replace any bark mulch areas–and remove overgrown or unattractive plants or bushes. If you don’t already have them, colorful flowers brighten up the poolside. And add a few planter pots, umbrellas or cool lighting–especially for your listing photos. (Take nighttime pics if your pool is pretty at night as most buyers will only see your property during the day.)
Repair Gates and Fences
Both for appearance and for safety, make sure all latches and locks work and that your gate open and close smoothly. Gates need to close by themselves, so replace any springs. If any slats are missing from your fence, replace them–and consider new stain or paint if needed.
Brighten Up the Deck
Don’t just sweep the deck. Wash with a bleach solution to make it as bright and clean as it can be. A pool deck sealer can add a sheen to the deck after cleaning.
Clean the Pool, Plus
After you do a super-thorough pool cleaning, use your eagle eyes to look for any stains in the pool that you can tend to. How’s the tile and coping look? If there are calcium deposits in the tile–a little elbow grease and chipping with a screwdriver will work. If it’s not budging, try some careful pressure washing. Don’t ignore all your accessories—dirt and mildew can built up on furniture, diving board, fence. If you have caulking around the pool edge, you can replace it.
Don’t Forget the Equipment Area
Trim back overgrown branches and bushes. Make sure the path to the equipment area is clear, removing any twigs or leaves. If you use gravel on the path, spread some extra gravel so it looks fresh and clean.
Scrub and Tune Up Your Equipment
Scrub all that equipment you haven’t paid attention to in years! That means metal or plastic pumps, valves and chlorinators. Sweep out the inside of your pool heater. Give all the equipment a once-over and repair or replace any parts that need it. Check all the wires and tighten up the breaker boxes and pool lights.
As always, if you need any ideas to stage your swimming pool, give us a call at 503–631-4816.
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