For whatever reason, some people see summer as a better time to sell a house, though, in the end, you can get a great result any time of the year. Especially if you’re working with a knowledgeable real estate agent, you’ll find that getting your home ready to sell is a matter of showcasing the best of what your home offers. Here are some no-nonsense methods to get your home’s curb appeal in its best state for the rest of the season.
1) Evaluate the State of the Siding or Paint Job
If your siding or paint job is less than stellar, this will be highly noticeable on a grey winter’s day. This might be the time for touch-ups, siding improvements, or to get the whole building power-washed. Pick a day when the weather is above freezing for the actual task of power-washing, but you’ll be amazed how much brighter and newer the home looks as a result – helps with those first impressions!
2) Consider Seasonal Touches or Styling to Contrast With Bad Weather
No one wants their home judged by a freezing drizzle or a dark-late-afternoon showing, so do what you can to make the first impression of the home a merry one. Little touches like small electric candles in the windows or a festive welcome mat can make a home feel like a haven in the winter. While these are subtle additions, sometimes they are the very thing that a buyer needs to start seeing them weathering the cold in this very house.
3) Triage the Landscaping But Don’t Overinvest
In the middle of summer, many home sellers need to focus on continually maintaining the growth of their yards to make sure the property looks well kept and up to date. In the winter, things aren’t growing as quickly, so one appointment with a landscaper is often enough to give trees and shrubs a little shape and make sure the yard is as even as possible. This could be considered a benefit of the winter sale: while dormant winter plants aren’t exactly adding to curb appeal, they also aren’t going to be overgrown again in a week!
4) Any Other Suggestions From Your Agent!
When you get insights from a great real estate agent, they are often informed by the recent sales in your area and by their many years of experience selling houses. They may know something about the neighborhood that really makes buyers excited, and emphasizing that feature in the curb appeal prep can be a great way to start off on the right foot. Having a local agent is one of the best ways to be precise in how you spend your time and energy getting the home ready.
Agents are always considering the first impression but also the follow-through, so they can help you make the most of the rest of a showing as well! They are well worth working with in order to make your winter home sale a success.