Curb appeal in the winter months can be a challenge. Most buyers make up their mind about a home within a few minutes of looking at the outside. Just like a welcoming foyer, your front yard sets buyers' opinions about your home instantly. Whether it is your yard, landscaping, or the exterior of your house, curb appeal is essential. A property that looks outdated or in disrepair can create a negative impression. Your winter outdoor home can help showcase great curb appeal. Here are a few ways to create an exterior that is welcomed by potential buyers and makes them want to come inside to see more.
Clear Your Driveway
One of the most basic tasks is cleaning and repairing the driveway. This includes raking any dry leaves and fixing cracks. Applying a coat of sealant to concrete is a nice way to keep dirt and oil from soaking into the surface. Remove unwanted toys, vehicles, and lawn equipment. Make sure you shovel the walkways and driveway. Many sellers want to picture themselves walking into “their” home; don’t give them an excuse to turn around and go view another!
Organizing Your Garage
A neatly organized and de-cluttered garage signals to the buyer that the rest of your home has been maintained. Organizing your garage with shelves and a system of stacking boxes can help the space appear larger. Sweep the floor of litter; remove oil, grease and paint marks if necessary. Organize your tools and equipment with wall storage hooks and cabinets to help conceal unsightly yard tools. If you have an excessive amount of garden and yard tools, consider a small outdoor shed where they can be stored. Buyers want to be able to see how large your garage is, so make it inviting.
Create an Inviting Front Lawn
A beautiful front lawn can be difficult to see in winter. If you live in a warmer climate, trimming the grass, pruning the bushes, clearing the lawn of fallen leaves and weeding can make your abode beautiful. Decorating the landscaping with colored mulch or gravel can spruce up plant beds and help keep weeds at bay. If you live in a colder climate, look to shoveling snow and keeping all walkways clear. Instead of focusing on the grass, choose colorful potted evergreen plants or artificial shrubs to add distinction to your front entry.
Have a Welcoming Front Porch
Your front porch will set the scene for the rest of your interior home. Consider sprucing up the front door with a fresh coat of paint. Adding new address numbers, outdoor lighting fixtures, and a new doormat can make all the difference! If any of your porch details are in disrepair, fix them immediately. A doorbell, door hardware, and even a wall-mounted mailbox should look appealing and fresh when buyers arrive.
Spruce up the Exterior Façade of Your Home
Architectural features of your outdoor home are another aspect not to overlook. Roof shingles, vinyl or wood siding, and discolored brick can turn off potential buyers. Look to pressure wash them to remove dirt and grime. Downspouts and gutters should be free from signs of wear.
Your home’s curb appeal could be the reason buyers want to see further inside. Use these helpful tips and you will be surprised how happy potential buyers will be once you open the front door.