Preparing Your Island Property for Sale


Okay, what’s a “curb appeal strategy”?

For one thing, you can’t rely upon marketing alone to sell your home.  Once you grab a prospect’s attention, the real thing has to match up with the expectations created by photographs and virtual tours.

Your agent can bring you showings, but the success of your efforts will rely upon how your property shows in person.

Remember that a home in mediocre condition, even if priced right and marketed to the max, can mean “no sale”.


You may have to wait for Spring to try some of these simple ideas, but they can make a big difference:

Power wash/pressure wash decks.

Replace rotted wood on decks, walkway planks, rails and stairways.

Apply an exterior sealant to exposed wood that excludes moisture and Ultraviolet light.

Check your roof shingles or shakes and make repairs or replace the entire roof if necessary.

Spruce up the yard, remove dead or diseased trees and shrubbery.

If you have a water view, open up a “view corridor” that shows off your view!

Trim trees and limb branches around the house.  Bring in the sunlight!


Take a second look at your home’s interior.  Consider the following:

Shampoo carpets and area rugs.

Reduce clutter and open up rooms to create a spacious feeling.

Take a second look at your decorating, with a critical view of how it appears to showing prospect.

Staging a second home can yield great results!


You might have heard the above advice over and over again, but it’s worth repeating.  Second homes don’t necessarily sell themselves.  Give yourself a fighting chance in this challenging market by taking a fresh look at the condition and appearance of your Madeline Island home for sale.



Eric Kodner, CRS, ABR, GRI

Real Estate Broker in Wisconsin & Minnesota

Madeline Island Realty LLC

Phone or Text 612.670.2539