If you’re trying to sell your home in the colder months, maintaining the exterior appearance of your property and keeping it in “buyer-ready” condition can be a bit more challenging than if you were to list it for sale during the spring or summer.
Here are some suggestions for keeping up your home’s curb appeal in the winter, and making the best possible impression on prospective buyers:
Mind the safety of those who may visit your property.
This is not necessarily a matter of aesthetics, but it can affect the sale of your home during winter months. Keeping prospective buyers and their agents safe on your property is an important aspect of selling your home in the winter. Before buyers tour your property, do a quick check of the grounds and address any safety hazards. Pay close attention to walkways, driveways, and especially stairs. Clear any ice you may find there, and provide a safe pathway for entry into the home.
Be conservative with your holiday décor.
A large part of the winter season is consumed by holiday festivities, and while you do want to brighten up your property, you don’t want to overwhelm potential buyers. Tasteful holiday decor can be charming, but larger-than-life inflatables, and other excessive displays, can detract from your home’s inherent beauty. If you choose to decorate with lights, white lights are preferable to multi-colored varieties, and they should be strategically placed to draw attention to the home’s best features.
Invest in some year-round greenery.
This is a great tip, even if you don’t plan to sell this winter. Adding evergreens to your property is one of the easiest and most effective ways to keep your yard looking beautiful all year long. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, speak with your landscaper about adding splashes of color by using evergreen plants in various shades of green.
Remember that the front door is the first thing they will see.
While winter is beautiful in its own way, it can also be drab and dull. In a season that is notoriously gray, a splash of color can really liven things up and help your property stand out in the minds of your prospective buyers. One of the best ways to incorporate a bit of color is to repaint your front door. A bit of contrast is good, but avoid colors that will clash with the existing colors of your home. That extra pop of color may attract your next buyer.
Listing a home for sale in the winter months is no excuse to overlook the curb appeal of the property. On the contrary, it is even more important to keep your home looking beautiful when you’re selling in the off-season. Keep these tips in mind to give your property the upper hand in our extremely competitive housing market.
If you’re ready to list your home, but aren’t sure whether this is the best time to do so, please contact Maggee Miggins at (973) 879-9711 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your options.