Outside Work in Twin Cities Stalled by Rain, Season’s First Snowflakes (Maybe) Today

What’s between an old fence and a new fence?

goldenUnfortunately for my family’s (temporarily forlorn) Golden Retriever, “no fence.”

Stalled at Step #4

It turns out that replacing an old fence consists of these four steps:  1) take down and remove old fence; 2) set posts for new fence in cement; 3) wait 3-4 days for concrete to dry; then 4) install/build new fence.

Due to inclement weather in the Twin Cities (a cold and dreary 40° rain today), we’re stalled between steps #3 and #4.

Meanwhile, for “outside time,” our dog is on a stakeout chain in the backyard — and getting lots of extra walks.   🙂

Home Work (vs. “homework”)

At least in the Upper Midwest, the window for getting outside work done is late October, early November if you’re lucky.

Which is why homeowners contemplating putting their homes on the market next March-April (when they should) take pains to tackle exterior projects the preceding Fall.

Like . . . by now.

I consulted with three such Spring, 2016 Sellers before Labor Day.

P.S.:  Most popular pre-sale prep:  painting exterior trim, sealing a backyard deck, re-glazing windows, and what I’ll call “strategic tuck-pointing.”

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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