Rain, rain, go away!! Preparing to Show Your House… In Less Than Optimal Conditions.

A lot of real estate agents may take a mini-vacation during the rain saying, “Who in their right mind would want to look at houses in this weather?” My answer to that is there is NO BAD TIME to look at a house. If I have buyers who are motivated enough to want to look at homes in the inclement weather or sellers who are willing to do what it takes to show their home, then I am going to be on the rainy road with windshield wipers blazing!!! Even during times like this when it feels like the rain may NEVER END. I feel like that right now since it’s literally been raining for a week, and I just looked at the 5 day forecast and saw this:


Facebook is filled with Ark jokes and even a little stir-crazy-depression. It’s what happens when the rain comes down for days and days.

This can be stressful for someone who has decided to sell their home, because they never thought about having to show their home in these less than optimal conditions. Here are a few ideas that can help your home show well, even in the nastiest of weather!

  1. Clear the yard/gutters, etc. – While this should always be done when selling your home, you want to do everything you can to alleviate the risk of the appearance of standing water. People equate standing water to all kinds of bad things, so it’s best to minimize this. Clear away sticks and leaves so that water can flow freely.
  2. Brighten Up – It can be tough to accentuate your home’s positive attributes when the weather is nasty and the house appears dark. Turn on every light in the house!! Yes, even appliance lights. Bright lights will help show the house in the very best light and make it feel welcoming, happy, and inviting.
  3. Turn up the Temperature – You don’t want potential buyers to come in from the rain only to be wet AND cold when they come into your home. Make sure the temperature is comfortable and warm on these cold, rainy days. You want to give the potential buyers more of a reason to linger!
  4. Prepare a Pot of Coffee – What better way to welcome people into your home on a miserably wet and cold day than a pot of coffee? It serves two purposes though. Not only does it warm your potential buyers on a cold day, but it can mask potential smells that can come with the rain – pet smells and damp fireplaces.

If you are considering selling your home and would like some honest, professional, and experienced guidance, please contact Joe Ward at 919-518-8182 or joe@joeward.net.

Wide Open Bluegrass 2015

Although the weather is certainly leaving a lot to be desired with Hurricane Joaquin fighting its way to the Carolina Coast (and we all know how much hurricanes love to beat up on us in North Carolina), the Wide Open Bluegrass is scheduled in downtown Raleigh this weekend. It will be the end of an amazing week of IBMA’s World of Bluegrass week which has been held in downtown Raleigh for the past three years.

Do you remember when you were in college and there was a great concert, but the weather was just awful… but you decided to have a few drinks and throw on a poncho and weather the storm?  Yeah, this may be your chance to re-live the glory days. I joke… from what I hear most everything is being moved inside. The concerts scheduled for Red Hat Amphitheater will now be held in the Raleigh Convention Center.

If you need help finding out where all the fun is taking place, download the Wide Open Bluegrass app HERE.

The Wide Open Bluegrass Streetfest is brought to you by the City of Raleigh, the Raleigh Convention Center, the Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau, Pinecone and a bevvy of community volunteers.