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Monday, December 4, 2017

5 Winter Curb Appeal Tips for Home Sellers

You might think you’re at a disadvantage when it comes to boosting your curb appeal in the winter, but there are plenty of things you can do to warmly welcome home buyers even when the sky is overcast and there’s snow on the ground. Start with our five recommendations to brighten the winter landscape and make a strong first impression on home buyers.

Create a Safe Path to Your Front Door

Winter weather can lead to treacherously slippery walkways, so your first priority should be to make sure home buyers and their Realtors can get to your house safely. Whenever it snows or freezes, you’ll need to clear your driveway, front walkway, stairs, and front porch of snow and ice. You should also test the strength of your handrails (if you have them) leading up to the house. You need to know they can support potential buyers who may be worried about slick steps.

Add Some Striking Color

The natural colors outside your home may be muted during the winter, but that means you have a chance to make your home stand out with a few bright accents. Try repainting your mailbox, window trim, or front door a warm color like red to catch potential buyers’ eyes from the street. (A word to the wise: you should avoid applying oil-based paint when it’s under 40 degrees Fahrenheit and acrylic-based paint when it’s under 50.)

If you don’t want to paint anything, add a bright doormat and a couple of potted plants outside your front door. Look for plants and small trees that do well outdoors in the winter, such as blue holly, juniper, winter hazel, or boxwood. If you’re putting your house on the market ahead of the holidays, you may also want to add a few subtle outdoor decorations, such as a wreath on your front door or garlands around posts or fences.

Stay on Top of Lawn Maintenance

Fresh white snow can naturally boost your home’s winter curb appeal, but what happens when there’s no snow on the ground? You won’t be able to keep your lawn as green as it is during the spring and summer, but you can still rake up dead leaves and remove dead tree branches and other debris. You can also trim back bushes and trees that are becoming overgrown, keeping your yard looking neat and tidy.

Repaint Your Fence

You should ideally paint or stain a wooden fence every two or three years to help protect it from the elements. If you have a wooden fence in front of your house that hasn’t been painted or stained in several years, choose a clear day and spruce it up. Just make sure you understand how the weather will affect your paint. The Balance has a guide to cold weather painting that’s worth reviewing before you grab your roller and brush.

Upgrade Your Outdoor Lighting

The days are short in the winter, so it’s more important than ever to make sure your home looks good at night. If you don’t already have path lights bordering your walkway, consider adding them now. This will improve the safety of your walkway as well as the appearance of your home. You may also want to add decorative sconces or lanterns on either side of your door. For a festive touch, try adding LED string lights to any trees or bushes in your front yard. A little extra light can go a long way towards brightening your home in the winter.

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