Winter Curb Appeal Tips

Just because it's cold outside and we have mounds of snow doesn't mean you should slack off with curb appeal.  If you are trying to sell your home during the winter months, making a good first impression is just as crucial as ever.  Here are some things to keep in mind when preparing your home’s exterior for a winter sale:
  • Safety first. First and foremost, you want to ensure that buyers can make it to your front door without any accidents. Prevent slips by clearing your driveway, walkways and stairs of snow and ice.
  • Outdoor lighting. As the days get shorter, having proper outdoor lighting will make your home safer and more attractive for buyers who come to visit at night. Use a series of path lights to illuminate the way to your front door, or flank the door with decorative sconces or lanterns.
  • Winter decorations. A giant inflatable Santa Claus in the front yard is sure to distract buyers, but subtle wintry decorations can bring out the best in your home. Try a simple wreath on the front door, small white lights strung around shrubbery, or a pile of firewood stacked neatly against a wall.
  • Trash/Recycle Bins.  Ensure your trash and recycle bins are stored off to the side of the home, out of sight if possible.  If they must be in sight ensure they are neatly placed and closed, not overflowing.  
  • Clean Snow from Driveway and Sidewalks. Not only is this a safety issue it also shows that you take pride in your home, pride enough to take the time keep the driveway and sidewalks clean.  Plus cleared snow makes for a neat and tidy appearance to the front of your home.

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