Selling Your Home in the Winter
Winter may be upon us, but the local real estate market is still hot. With many sellers holding off until the spring, this is a perfect opportunity to take advantage of a demanding housing market. The last thing in-the-know home sellers want to do is to slack off on their home’s curb appeal during the winter months. Those trying to sell a home during the winter should take extra care of their property’s exterior to help stand apart from other listings. A little bit of holiday cheer can go a long way when making a first impression with potential home buyers. Here are some tips to help increase your home’s winter curb appeal:
There is no way to sell the home if buyers cannot make it to the front door. Take the time daily to check and clean up walkways, driveways, and stairs. Keeping these areas free of debris, snow, and ice.
If there is no snow, tidy up the lawn and make it look like it would during the summer. The grass may no longer be green, but you can help buyers imagine what the yard would look like in the summer. Make it tidy and presentable.
If the snow has arrived, make sure snow banks do not impede the view of your home. Also, check that downspouts and window wells are clear of snow.
If you are showing your home in the winter, there is a good chance it will be dark when your potential buyers arrive. Extra lighting can make a home shine at night. Make sure the lights at the front door and around the garage are shining bright. Put a series of lights along walkways and down the driveway. Lastly, leave all the lights inside your home ON.
Add some color to a dull-looking lawn by planting some winter plants. Evergreens, pansies, and witch hazel are the perfect addition to a winterized landscape.
In December, dress up those bare trees & shrubs with festive lighting.
You can't paint the exterior of your home in the winter, but you can add some accents of colour. Your doors, shutters, & fixtures may all be updated to give the home a unified look before it goes up on the market.
There is no need to avoid putting up holiday decorations when selling your home in the winter. However, you might want to avoid over cluttering the front yard with too many decorations and lights. It might also be a good idea to not put up the giant blow-up snowman if you are trying to sell your home. Remember - Keep it classy, not tacky.
Just because it is wintertime, it does not mean home sellers don't have to worry about curb appeal. With a little work and some added touches, the home will have an attractive look from the street.
Do you have more tips for keeping your home looking great in the winter? Leave a comment below.
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