Many homeowners will avoid putting their houses on the real estate market during the winter months for a number of reasons. With the winter season vastly approaching, homeowners should be aware that they may not be able to sell as quickly or for as much as they would like during the next 4 to 5 months. The majority of homeowners also believe that it can be hard for a house to have “curb appeal” in the winter. This is not always rue, especially when it comes to boosting your curb appeal. The winter months can provide great opportunities for home sellers. Unfortunately, inexperienced sellers often have a hard time finding new ways to boost curb appeal in the winter for their home.
Home sellers who are struggling to find inspiration will want to consider using these 5 insightful tips to boost curb appeal in the winter months.
Shovel Driveways and Walkways
Snow can add aesthetic appeal to a number of things. However, a driveway isn’t one of them. Homeowners that are trying to sell their home should consistently keep their driveway and walkways clear of snow and ice. This will not only make the exterior of the home more presentable, but it will also minimize the chances of buyers slipping on their way to the door.
Keep your Porch Clean and Tidy
During the winter, many homeowners will clean their boots or shoes on their porch. This is understandable because it prevents the slush and dirt from entering the home. However, this action will also result in a messy porch. Homeowners who have put their home for sale should always remember to tidy up their porch. This means shovelling excess snow and sweeping away sand, dirt, or debris.
(Tastefully) Decorate the Exterior
The winter months offer a number of great decorating opportunities for homeowners, especially those that have just put their home on the real estate market. In November and December, homeowners can hang wreaths or garlands. Throughout the rest of the winter, homeowners can benefit from beautiful lighting accessories, subtle ornaments, and other charming decorations. Tasteful decorations can do wonders for a home’s curb appeal and give it that extra edge against the competition.
Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint
A fresh coat of paint is beneficial for a home at any time of the year, even in the winter. Darker coloured paints become more noticeable, thanks to the snow. This contrast allows a fresh coat of paint to be seen from across the neighbourhood.
Homeowners that are putting their house on the real estate market and are serious about boosting their curb appeal need to consider repainting any doors, poles, fences, or any other aspects of the home that require a fresh coat. This will give the house a new and noticeable aesthetic.
Keeping those Icicles at bay
No one likes to see large icicles looming over a home’s entrance. Large icicles can not only make a home less visually appealing, but they also pose as a huge safety hazard. Before putting the home on the real estate market, homeowners need to safely remove any icicles that have formed on the roof. This will prevent any unnecessary accidents from occurring.
Winter is a great season to sell a home especially in the Collingwood and Blue Mountain markets. There is little competition and the buyers are always serious. However, before putting their home on the real estate market, homeowners need to assess the curb appeal of their home. If a homeowner is unhappy with their home’s curb appeal, they should consider shovelling the driveway/walkways and tidying up the porch. They can also add a collection of tasteful decorations, apply a fresh coat of paint, and remove any excess icicles from the roof and gutters.