Maintaining Curb Appeal Over The Winter
Often throughout the Winter Months home owners are less inclined to sell noting that the ‘Curb Appeal’ of their homes is not up to par compared to summer months. However there are many different ways to market your home throughout the winter and to maintain that curb appeal. The key is to maintain your landscaping and to prepare your plants, shrubbery and lawn for the cold season. By maintaining your plants and ensuring they are protected throughout the months you will save both money and time as the spring and summer seasons appear. The main objective of maintaining curb appeal over the winter months is to still allow home buyers the ability to envision your home as their home. After all the first thing that a buyer will see is the OUTSIDE of your home. The home itself could have upgrades galore but before that and most importantly you need to get buyers INTO your home. This is especially important in the winter when the beauty of a property may not be as evident.
Over the top decorations and outside home accessories could be a deterrent to prospective buyers. Simple, Clean, Tasteful decorations will go further as opposed to over whelming decorations. The main objective when listing any home is to allow prospective buyers to envision their life inside your home. A buyer wants to be able to picture their day to day routine and lifestyle meshing in a new space. In order to achieve this with the exterior there are a few things that you can do to create an eye catching home!
5 Simple Things you can do:
Prepare bushes and shrubbery for winter months
- Fertilize lawn and plants preparing for winter
- Keep shrubbery and trees trimmed so they are not effected in winter months
Add perennials, winter trees and shrubbery to enhance curb appeal
- Adding a tree/plants geared towards the season creative festive ambience
- Perennials that bloom through the winter create a colour pop
- Plant winter friendly trees and shrubbery
- Decorate shrubbery
Use of decorative elements to enhance your home
- Don’t over power the home itself with too many decorations
- Tastefully enhance different aspects of your property with season or themed decorations
- Avoid overwhelming viewers with too much, remember often less is more
- Raking leaves
- Tidying yard
- Clearing snow for foot traffic and pathways
- Ensure windows are clean and functional
- Freshly painted doors and windows enhance appearance
Those are just 5 simple steps that you can take to enhance curb appeal throughout the winter months. Quite often the beauty of the winter is very undervalued, however if you take simple steps to maintain and preserve the beauty of your home’s exterior you can maintain your home’s value throughout the winter months as well!
Typical December and January have been noted as a ‘buyers market’ as there are generally not a wide variety of listings, creating more negotiation on the buyers end. BUT if you are guided correctly and price your home right a seller can benefit just as much as a buyer in this time period.
If you have any design related questions or home value questions please contact one of the members of The Fresh Approach Real Estate Team at Keller Williams Realty Solutions. Now is just as good a time to sell as any!
The Fresh Approach Team,
Allana Thompson, Christy D’Oliveira, Kyrsten Feere