Sanborn — Time for a Redneck spring cleaning?

There were 62 residential single family homes sold in March of 2014 in the twelve Lakes Region communities covered by this report. The average sales price was $187,500 and the median price point was $271,236. This brings our total number of single family homes in the communities changing hands in the first quarter of 2014 to 174 sales at an average price of $312,386. For the first quarter of 2013 we had 172 transactions at an average sale price of $226,492 so it looks like some more expensive sales are happening.

Spring is definitely here although some days it is still hard to tell from the temperature. If you are selling your home now is the time to get out there and get going on all those spring chores that will make your home look its very best when a potential buyer comes for a visit. It has been a hard winter and it has likely taken its toll on you and your property especially if you are a redneck homeowner.

You see, Redneck homeowners do some strange or extreme things and other times they do nothing at all. And, as a consequence, certain steps may be necessary to get their homes back in saleable shape once the snow has disappeared. Now before some people get all upset about me picking on rednecks, I have to do some of these things, too. And even if you drive a Volvo and drink Starbucks, these things apply equally as well to you.

1. First, take down the Christmas lights. It is time and it has warmed up enough to do it without freezing your fingers.

2. Haul the dead Christmas tree from the back lawn. I know the squirrels living in it are going to be upset, but it will kill the lawn eventually if you don't move it. Put the tree on the brush pile and burn it on a rainy evening (only after getting a burning permit.) The critters living in the brush pile are gonna be mad too, but you are trying to sell your house, not theirs.

3. Clean the winter's worth of dog poop from the yard. Despite what your brother-in-law Cletus says, it is not good fertilizer. For that, you have to go to the garden store and talk to them. Some lime and good fertilizer will go a long way toward making your yard lush, green, and presentable instead of having burned spots all over the place.

4. Yes, you have to move the snow machines and other yard ornaments into or behind the garage before you fertilize.

5. Sweep off all the sand you spread on your driveway over the winter. This tip applies only to paved driveways. You get a pass if you have a gravel driveway as it won't look any different. You could, however, fill in the ruts.

6. Take the snow blower down off the roof. Fix the shingles where you got down just a tad too far.

7. If you burned wood all winter, clean up the mess where your woodpile once was. I know you can't have any wood left, after this winter nobody does.

8. Fix or replace the gutter where the ice broke it and repaint the water stains caused by the ice-damn in the family room.

9. Pick up some new plantings for the front yard. Something that will be bright and cheerful as prospective buyers drive by to check your place out. Make sure to get some fresh mulch down on the beds. Curb appeal is a big, big deal so consider it a worthwhile investment in window dressing that will set your redneck palace apart from the rest.

10. Finally, fix and repaint the garage door where you hit it with the plow. While you're at it, take a good look around and paint or touch up the front of the house. A fresh coat of paint on the front door could go a long way to making your home look appealing. It is spring, so freshen it all up. As Phil says on Duck Dynasty, "Happy, happy, happy!"

Please feel free to visit to learn more about the Lakes Region real estate market and comment on this article and others. Data was compiled using the Northern New England Real Estate MLS System as of 4/20/14. Roy Sanborn is a REALTOR® at Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty and can be reached at 603-455-0335.