Even though you might not think there is much landscaping to be done during the winter there is. And that landscaping can make or break your sale. The first impression that a potential buyer has of a house in the winter is even more important than that first impression in the summer. Because looking at a bleak snowy landscape is already detracting from their first impression of the house. You need to be sure that the house looks even better to stand out among all the whiteness and the gray skies of winter. Here are some tips from landscape experts to help make a home stand out and impress buyers in the winter:
Tidy Up the Yard
The yard still matters and buyers are going to look at it. Just because there’s snow doesn’t mean that you can let the yard look messy. If you don’t want to do it yourself get a landscape crew to go in and clear out any dead branches or bushes and make the front and back yards look like they are being kept up.
Highlight Paths and Walkways
Make sure that all the paths and walkways are shoveled and have been salted and de-iced. Safety is the first priority. But to make those paths and walkways look more attractive and make buyers want to come into the home add great lighting. Solar lights are always useful. But because it’s winter you can also add a little whimsy by using holiday lights, colored lights, blow up decorations and other effects to make the path look more attractive.
Draw Attention to Outdoor Spaces
Outdoor spaces are one of the best-selling features of a home, but it can be hard to see them in the winter. Shovel off decks and patios so that they are totally free of snow and ice. Then make them look attractive to buyers by starting a fire in a chimney, adding some seating, and plenty of warm throws. Even in the winter outdoor spaces should be dressed for entertaining and should make buyers think about how they would entertain in that space.
Use Color Effectively
During the holiday season, a brightly colored front door decorated with seasonal decorations makes a fantastic color pop against the white snow. If you want to decorate the front door but don’t want to repaint it or replace the door use a bright holiday wrapping paper to wrap the door and make it look like a big present. Add a wreath made of shiny ornaments or a big metallic bow. It will make the house look warm and inviting and it will really stand out. Those are the kind of small details that you need to pay attention to in order to sell a house in the winter.
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