Creating curb appeal is important in real estate and can increase value by as much as 17%. But it can be challenging to achieve in the cold weather months.
Here is a list of to-dos from the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) that can help sellers create a good first impression, even when the temperatures drop.
Creating Curb Appeal in the Winter Months
- Focus on safety
Make sure buyers can safely get into your home by keeping the walkways, stairs and driveway clear of snow, ice and wet, slippery leaves.
- Showcase winter plants
Utilize evergreen and cold weather plants like holly, pansies and witch hazel in patio pots and flower beds to add life to the landscape. A live wintergreen wreath is also a nice touch.
- With decorations, less is more
When decorating for the holidays, keep it simple and elegant. (Save the inflatable snowman for your new home!)
- Give the lawn some love
Keep leaves and debris cleared off the lawn. A carpet of dormant grass gives a better impression (and hint of what’s to come in spring) than dead leaves and twigs.
- Clean gutters
Clean gutters and downspouts signal to potential buyers that your home is well-maintained.
- Utilize outdoor lighting
Showcase your home on short, grey days with strategically placed outdoor lighting to light up the driveway, pathways and front porch.
- Prune shrubs & trees
Don’t wait until an ice or snowstorm hits to tend to the trees in your yard. Prune your plants, trees and shrubs now for a tidy look that will also keep branches from snapping off due to snow and ice.
- Organize the garage
Store your outdoor power equipment neatly in the garage, declutter the space and give it a good clean. A tidy garage looks bigger and more inviting.
- Add birdfeeders
Create a natural, serene scene (and support pollinators at the same time) by installing a bird feeder or bird garden. A blue jay or cardinal makes a striking image against a winter scene.
For more tips, go to http://www.livinglandscapesmatter.com/landscapes-home-investment/.