June 29th, 2020
Just east of Middleburg, off Sam Fred Road, is Sunny Bank Farm. Away from Foxcroft, as a teenager, this is where I spent all of my free time, surrounded by what I love most—horses. Thanks to the great horsewomen and men I worked with, and under the tutelage of Mrs. Dot Smithwick, I learned how to 'turn out’ a horse. The lessons I learned at Sunny Bank have served me well in my real estate career, especially when it comes time to ‘turn out’ a house.
When preparing to stand a yearling up at the sales, there’s a tremendous amount of preparation involved to best showcase the young animal for those few short days. Houses are much the same. Before putting a property on the market, the preparation involved to ensure everything is pulled together, goes a long way. Mrs. Bunny Mellon was quoted to have said "...nothing should be noticed." I love this quote because her words resonate with my passion for preparing a property for sale. I believe, the devil is in the details. So, when a buyer sees a property for the first time, none of the preparation should be obvious. All they should see is a welcoming and comfortable home. You only get one chance to make a memorable first impression.