What winter lacks in quantity of potential buyers, it makes up for in quality, because most people looking for a home right now are serious buyers. However, you may be wondering if it is still possible to generate the kind of “curb appeal” that beckons buyers inside for a closer look, even though the grass is dead, the flowers are non-existent, and you’ve got a frozen mountain of snow on both sides of your driveway? The answer is a resounding “yes!”
Here are just a few highly effective recommendations to insure that a home on the market in the winter can attract the right kind of attention:
- Do an exceptional job of clearing snow and ice from your driveway, porch and walkway. Be meticulous.
- Frequently sweep the front porch of leaves, debris and dirt.
- Add greenery to the front porch with an evergreen container. (Check with any local garden center.)
- Consider an attractive winter wreath on the front door.
- A beautiful, large container will add pizazz to your front porch. (Add some fake greenery or evergreen if you like.)
- Splurge a little on a beautiful front mat.
- Clean up the front door, paying attention to the corners where dirt gathers.
- Store the portable basketball hoop and stand.
- Replace all burned out exterior light bulbs.
- Keep outdoor lights on in the evening.
- Check all screens for holes or tears.
- Keep all cars and bikes in the garage.
- Keep the garage door closed.
- Are your outdoor light fixtures out of date? Are they broken? You don’t have to spend a lot to replace fixtures with something more attractive, but the effect will be dramatic.
Many sellers will ignore the importance of “curb appeal” during the winter months, providing a great opportunity for smart sellers to increase their competitive edge. For more tips on how to make your home stand out from the competition, let’s talk.