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Appealing Winter Curb Appeal

Posted by Rachel R. Vanderveen on Saturday, November 5th, 2011 at 6:57am.

Well, we had our first snowfall of the year. Sadly, I looked out the window this morning, and it’s not all gone. So that means it’s time to talk about winter curb appeal. If you’re planning on listing your home in the winter, a layer of snow does not relieve you from your obligation to make your home’s first impression one that counts. Winter buyers still want to see the best that your home can offer, and they’re making those first judgments from the moment that they roll up to your driveway.

Luckily, winter curb appeal is a lot easier to perfect than summer curb appeal. With the lawn mower and garden shears safely stored in the shed for the winter, it’s time to dust off the shovel and broom and take them for a spin around your property.

It is imperative that your driveway walks and steps are always perfectly shoveled and broomed when you are showing your home. Not just because it shows the sound nature of your concrete work, but also because it keeps those potential buyers safe. The last thing you need when you’re packing boxes and dreaming of your new home is lawsuit on your hands. Not only does it keep you free of litigation, it also says a lot about the type of homeowner you are: neat, tidy, and on-the-ball. This is the type of impression we want to leave with buyers. It puts them in a good mood before they even pass through your threshold. Walking through wet snow and having it close in on a buyer’s feet before they even come in, gives them a feeling of disorganized annoyance, and that’s the attitude that they’ll have as they begin to survey your home.

Christmas lights are always nice to have, but also need to be extremely neat and tidy. No big, huge flashing light displays are welcome here. Keep your arrangement simple and classic. We’re looking to highlight the home, not overpower it. You are allowed to have Christmas lights on your home anywhere between November 15- January 5th. If you’re selling anytime outside of those dates, the lights have got to come down.

Being that it gets darker earlier, it may be wise to illuminate your walkway with solar lights, so buyers can easily make their way to the door. Also, don’t forget to turn on your outdoor lights for every showing, so that buyers can easily see your exterior and make their way safely to your front door.

Checking your curb appeal for winter is a much easier task than creating curb appeal for summer, but unlike the summer months, it may require some extra time in shoveling after every single snow fall. So snowsuit-up and get shoveling!

Rachel Vanderveen

The Vanderveen Team
Maxwell South Star Realty
Phone: 403.253.5678 Fax: 403.592.6736

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