Some research has claimed that buyers decide within 60 seconds of seeing a home whether they want to consider buying it. This means a lot is resting on your house’s curb appeal when it comes to selling your home. During winter months, especially in cold weather states, it can be difficult to maintain your home’s outer appearance. We’ve rounded up a few suggestions for where sellers should be putting their time and effort when it comes to curb appeal in snowy seasons.
1. Plow and shovel
Make sure your driveway is plowed well, especially after a recent snowfall on days that your house will be shown to potential buyers. A little more tedious, but just as necessary, shovel your front and back yard walkways and porch if you have one. A clear path to the front door is not only safe, it gives an impression of tidiness. Throw some salt down over any particularly icy patches as well, for both guests’ safety and that of your family.
2. Leave the lights on
During the holiday season, it’s fun for potential buyers to see your home all decked out with lights and garland. And though you probably want to remove most of your holiday décor by January, leaving the front lights on creates a homey feel as buyers walk up to your home. Other ideas include using path lights to illuminate a walkway, keep the warmth with lanterns hung on either side of your front door or leave a garland and a string of white bulb lights wrapped around the front porch rails.
3. Keep up on the yard work
Once the snow melts, the grass left behind is brown and can easily look unkempt. Rake the day before an open house to rid your yard of any old leaves, sticks or garbage that the snow left behind. If it’s nice enough out, take the time to weed whip any long patches around the foundation of your home for a cleaner appearance. If your house doesn’t sell in the winter, rest assured that this minimal winter maintenance will pay off come spring, when your lawn comes back more quickly than your neighbors’ and makes a great impression on buyers.
4. Decorate with greenery
Evergreen trees or even potted winter-proof plants are welcome signs of life in an otherwise drab winter yard. Plus, the green contrasts nicely with any remaining snow and draws the eye away from the brown lawn that may be peeking through. Landscaping like this takes some planning, but will be worth it come winter months.
5. Pick up a paintbrush
Because of the lack of leaves on the trees during the wintertime, all the cosmetic imperfections of your house will be more obvious to buyers. If your siding is a little worse for the wear but you don’t want the cost of replacing it entirely, give your front door a fresh coat of paint. A brightly colored door will draw the eye away from most small imperfections. You could give your outdoor window panes a coat of white paint for a fresh look or even choose an earthy green or slate blue for an eye-catching statement that will offset a neutral house.
If you’re planning on selling your house this winter, we have a list of wonderful agents who would be happy to help you do so. Get in touch with one of them! Be sure to also keep an eye on our blog for more tips on selling your home and trends in the real estate industry.