Staging Your Minnesota Shoreline for Top Dollar!


Attracting many new home buyers to the market, few lakefront home buyers are willing to undertake any projects around the water. Your lakefront home is sure to stand out in the crowd if you choose to stage your lakefront home properly by performing these simple tasks. Most lakefront home sellers overlook this responsibility. It’s an easy way to set your lakefront property apart from the rest of the competing area lakefront homes on the market.

Decks & Docks Need Staging Too!

It is recommended you replace all worn and/or broken deck boards along your docks and decks. If needed, be sure to paint and/or stain all exposed wood on decks and docks along the entire waterfront area.

Hit the Beach

So your lakefront property really stands out in the crowd, be sure to remove weeds from the beach area and rake beach prior to showings. If you have water toys (tubes, skis, or other similar items), be sure to store those out of sight. Should your lakefront property have a sand beach, be creative and build a small sand castle and have a few small children’s toys. Lakefront home buying parents and grandparents love to envision their children and grandchildren playing on a nice sandy beach while they are enjoying their lakefront amenities.

Other Lakefront Staging Areas

Boathouse - If you’re privileged enough to have a boathouse, clean it inside and out. Remove any bird and / or animal waste. Consistency is the real key to added value! Make sure you match your freshly painted docks and decks by adding a fresh coat of paint to your boathouse. If possible, remove oversized boats; a large boat will make the boathouse look smaller.

The Waterfront - Strategically place flowerpots on shorefront patios and decks. Create “outdoor living rooms” by setting up lawn furniture in inviting groupings. Create multiple entertainment areas; each will add value in the waterfront buyer’s mind. Much like in the dining room, set a table for a BBQ. If possible, have the lawn and / or waterfront area professionally landscaped and trimmed.

Area Information - Many waterfront buyers are looking for second homes. Most are unfamiliar with the lakes or communities in the areas they have targeted for a vacation home. Part of our unique lakefront marketing plan, your home buyers will be offered as much information about the area as possible. All buying prospects will be provided area maps of the lake indicating the location of the property. Maps help provide a sense of orientation giving your buyer a perspective of the lake and surrounding areas. In addition, satellite photography of the property using Google maps* offers a unique perspective to the listing and its immediate surroundings unseen from the ground. By providing overhead photos, buyers are able to quickly see the privacy your property offers in relationship to the surrounding properties. As an added bonus, buyers are provided those special area brochures for restaurants and shops to reassure them to the existence of local amenities and conveniences located nearby.

Ready to List Your Lakefront Home or Property?

If so, contact me, Julie Rambow, your Alexandria Area lakefront home selling specialist for a FREE lakefront home evaluation.

*Based on Google map availability

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