The winter market of the New Year tends to bring in a lot motivated buyers who are dead set on achieving their New Year’s real estate resolutions. Though, sometimes it can be tough to have that front yard “curb appeal” during the dreary winter months of January and February when the sun doesn’t peak out for days at a time and the trees are bare, especially in the mid-atlantic DMV area. If you are on the New Year’s resolution boat to sell your home this January and February or you’re interested in sprucing up to start fresh, here are some tips to make the exterior of your home look great for the New Year’s market.
Clean up dead growth
Pick a warmer day and put those work gloves on. You’ll want to clean up any dead leaves or pine needles that accumulated from autumn completely. Trim any low lying branches on trees and shape up hedges and bushes to look like they’ve been attended to. Nothing is drearier than a garden of over grown bushes that make it look like the house has been abandoned for the winter. A house can look like a home when it looks like it’s been taken care of.
Freshen up the Light Fixtures
Take the time to make sure all outdoor lighting fixtures are functioning on all sides of the house when you’re fixing up your yard. Having asymmetrical lighting due to burnt out bulbs make it hard to imagine the home at its best—show the buyer what the house does look like at its best. It also helps to clean out fixtures so they look brighter and newer, or replace them all together if they need to be updated for a better aesthetic.
Give the Windows some Attention
Typically, it’s a good idea when showing your home to take the screens out of your windows and clean the glass thoroughly inside and outside. Screens on the windows can make them look foggy or hazy from both the outside and inside. Also, being able to view lighting from the inside of the house, outside can bring a warm and inviting feeling of a home that could appeal to buyers.
Once the Holidays pass, it’s hard to decide how to design the outside of your home without a theme. During the winter time, neutral seasonal wreaths of evergreen, boxwood, or cedar wrapped with a colored ribbon or dried flowers can add some color and design to your door or porch. Decorating your likely empty plant boxes with these trimmings can also provide some uniformity or consistency with this. (If you add a bit of water to the soil in the plant boxes in the beginning, evergreen trimmings stuck into the soil will actually stay green for a while)
Your home can look just as good in the winter time for showings and open houses, or just in general, as it can during the spring and summer months. It all really comes down to staying attentive with the exterior yard work and décor. It’s also a good idea to make sure, if you have a curb side mail box, to make sure it’s not crooked or the paint is chipping. The small details count, and many of the jobs you can actually do yourself. For more tips, contact us, we would be happy to help.