Winter curb appeal can be quite difficult, compared to curb appeal in the fall or the spring. However, there are a variety of ways to make your home appealing to attract potential buyers — even during the winter months.
It is important to keep in mind that there are always people looking to buy a home regardless of the time of year. With job promotions, children moving out, new marriages, divorces, and countless other reasons, circumstances change during the year for lots of people.
If you are trying to sell a home, then the following tips can help you increase your home’s winter curb appeal.
1. You can never have too much light
In the winter months, the days are short and it gets dark before most people can get home.
Since real estate agents are typically meeting prospective clients after their workday ends, it is important to have good lighting. This includes lights along the outside walkway, on the porch, and even at the rear of the home.
Make sure the garage lights are working and, if you have any motion-sensor lights, then this is a good time to check or replace the bulbs.
2. Remove snow
If you live in a place that frequently gets a lot of snow, make sure your front walk and driveway are well shoveled before buyers arrive. Ensure any exterior steps are free of snow or ice, by placing down salt, in order to prevent slips or falls. Also, as an added touch, get rid of as many icicles hanging on gutters or the roof.
3. Add colour
The winter months are filled with cloudy skies and dreary days. Adding some colour in key spots will help your home stand out from other sellers and hopefully help the home sell faster.
One great way to add colour is through potted plants. Since the winter is missing colour, a simple fix is to get some nice, bright pots and add some plants designed specifically for winter.
Species like juniper, blue holly, barberry, boxwood, and red-twig dogwood are able to stay green throughout the year. Placing some of these plants near the door and along the walkway will add to the instant appeal of the home.
4. Do a deep cleaning
Deep cleaning is a great way to make sure that your home looks its best to visitors and prospective buyers.
Do some pressure washing of the exterior walls and walkway, or hire someone to do it. This deep cleaning will reveal the true color of the home’s walls and make the driveway and walkway look fresher.
5. Trim trees and bushes around the house
Another smart idea is to look at the trees and bushes around the home and trim them in a pattern that will accent the home.
Bushes should be cut at the same height and stop just below windows to add more focus to the actual window. Tree branches need to be cut in a way that allows them to frame the window and draws the visitor’s eye to the home.
6. Repair the fence and especially the gate
If your home has any type of gate, whether it is in front of the home or in the rear, take time to ensure the gate swings freely. Repair or replace the latch or hinges.
Make sure the gate is easy to open and close for an average adult, by oiling the hinges or removing snow and ice that’s in the way. Remove any vines or other clutter from the fence.
7. Scrub all the windows
In case a prospective buyer visits your home in the evening, it is a sure bet that grimy windows will be a big turn off. The dirt will be easier to see at night with the lights of the home shining out to the yard.
Take some time, invest some elbow grease and a good cleaning solution, and get rid of dirt, fingerprints, or anything else that is keeping your windows from sparkling.
8. Stop mud from getting into the home
In the winter months, filled with snow and rain, there is one constant: mud.
Instead of trying to rely on a doormat that will likely be overwhelmed in a matter of days, install a scraper for boots. These items are usually made of iron, in order to withstand the elements and can be easily cleaned.
Hopefully, this list has given you some ideas for ways that you can increase your home’s winter curb appeal. Regardless of the time of year, there are always good ways to sell your home. We hope that these suggestions will help entice a potential buyer to make an offer on your lovely home soon!