There’s a lot to think about when you’re selling your home in the winter. In between prepping your house for the market and getting ready for the holidays, you may think you can get away with brushing off your curb appeal, since the cold brings people inside faster anyway. But getting your home exterior market-ready is just as important in winter as in any other season, especially because you don’t have the weather working to your advantage.
To make things easier for you, we’ve narrowed down the most important areas to focus on when cultivating curb appeal for winter buyers:
Think safety first.
If a buyer slips and falls on their way up your driveway, not only does this make a negative first impression, it also puts the idea in their head that your property is unsafe. To prevent this and give your house a clean look, keep driveways, walkways, and porches completely clear of snow, ice, and debris. You’ll also want to make sure you have good exterior lighting to make buyers feel secure and give your home a warm winter glow.
Spruce up your home exterior.
The bare trees and sparse vegetation of winter put your home’s exterior flaws on full display. It is especially important, therefore, to make the outside of your house sparkle. Pressure wash roof shingles, siding, and brick to remove unsightly grime, and don’t forget to clear the gutters to. You should also thoroughly clean your doors and windows and even consider a new coat of exterior paint to freshen up your look.
Update and stage your porch.
Since you don’t have as much to work with this season as far as outdoor living accents and accessories, the details you do have matter that much more. Small upgrades, such as new house numbers, a new or freshly-painted mailbox, new lighting fixtures, and updated door hardware (hinges, knob, doorbell), are going to make a big difference this time of year.
Once you’ve made your upgrades, capture the warmth and coziness of the holiday season with a few subtle wintry decorations. A classy door wreath, a few evergreen porch plants (try wintergreen, pansies, or Christmas roses for a little pop of color), and soft white string lights on front bushes or trees will achieve the holiday appeal you want without going over the top.
While you focus on preparing your home exterior for a winter sale, let Stage2Go streamline the staging of your interior. Our DIY designer staging packages will have all the major spaces in your home ready for a showing in 48 hours or less, making your winter sale both easier and more lucrative.
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