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Spring Is Coming…And So Is the Home Selling Season

Selling Your HOA Property If 2020 begins your moving journey, there’s a few things to take care of as you prepare your property for sale. Staging First of all, staging your townhome or condo is an important part of the process; this helps potential buyers visualize themselves and their unique style in the space. Prepare by hiding personal items like photos, toiletries, and knickknacks. As you start putting those away (or have decided to get a jump start on packing), make sure you label everything. There are specialized apps or ways to utilize default apps (like Notes) to help keep organized. Take a snapshot of each box’s interior so you know where all of your important items are kept. In addition, make a list of things that can be packed in advance and what can be left for later. Decor, for example, can be some of the first packed away-especially if it’s distracting to the eye. Plus, if your closets are too full as you’re showing the space, remove about half of it to make the storage look larger. Try to do the same for any other spaces like your pantry. De-clutter/Recycle A clean and minimal space will also help your sale while allowing you a chance to declutter. When you’re packing, ask yourself if you still need this item. Whether you’re downsizing or upgrading, it’s good practice to go through your things so you’re not dragging around unnecessary items through the years. Re-arranging Ask your real estate agent how you should stage your furniture. They will most likely know what’s popular in interior décor and how your property can fit that trend; see whether a piece needs to be moved to open up the space or put in storage if it’s too distracting. Quick Fix Look for any quick fixes like a leaky faucet or outdated hardware. A simple paint job or updated hardware can be the key to make your space look more modern on a budget. We hope these tips will help you prepare for a successful sale and move. You may find resale documents on the Sharper Management website, or click here.

Pets, Winter and HOA Living

We still have a couple more months of winter to go, which means a lot of us will choose to stay inside where it’s warm and cozy. For those who have kids or pets, this also means a little extra work so that cabin fever doesn’t set in and cause disturbances. Similarly, if a resident has decided that this is the year to adopt or buy a pet, they should be sure to follow their HOA’s rules before taking that big step. Once a member has taken on the responsibility of a pet, they also take on the responsibility of following the HOA’s pet policy. In most documents, the pet owners will be required to clean up after their pet to keep the association grounds well-maintained for everyone. For dogs especially who go outside a lot, excrement should be picked up and toys should not be left around in public areas. Keep all pets on a leash so they can be contained-even if the pet is well-trained, a noise could startle them and send them running. Overall, be respectful of your neighbors. If your dog needs to burn off energy in the winter, try taking them to a doggy daycare. A pet who is constantly making noise can be a disturbance to the community. If you do go for a walk at dawn or dusk, wear some kind of reflective gear to keep you and your pet safe. Doing all this will help keep the order in your community so everyone can live comfortably.