As fall turns to winter, all color seems to leak out of the world to be replaced by cold, drab hues of white and gray. Temperatures drop, the heavy-duty coats come out of the closet and homes for sale seem to lose their cheer and charm amidst dreary somber skies. How can your home possibly attract a buyer in these conditions?
Fear not! At Bittinger Team, REALTORS, we know how to keep the exterior of your home inviting and attractive all year long. Top among Plymouth-Canton Realtors, we pride ourselves on being able to sell a home efficiently - even if the weather outside is frightful!
Whether you’re listing your home for sale or just trying to spruce things up, follow our easy guide to increase your cold weather curb appeal and start attracting more serious buyers. And if you’re looking for more tips on listing your home for sale, check out our Home Seller’s Guide & Tools.
Safety First: The first step to creating inviting curb appeal is to show the elements have not impacted the safety of your home. Keep your driveway, walkway and any railings or stairs clear of snow, ice, and debris. Fix any aspect of your home that appears to be loose or falling, such as gutters, plants or lights. Just this one step goes a long way in presenting an inviting exterior.
Keep it Tidy: Nothing repels buyers more than a home that looks like it’s not being properly taken care of. Rake up any dead leaves that have fallen on your lawn, keep your gutters clean and trim all shrubs and trees into an attractive shape. If your home needs a coat of fresh paint – do it! Even a gray, frigid day can seem bright when your home is manicured and clean.
Use Outdoor Lighting: It gets dark early in the winter, so there’s a good chance that potential buyers may be coming by when daylight is fading. Create an inviting glow by adding path lights to draw the eye to your door. String lights around the entry or along the edges of the home can be a lovely touch as well if done tastefully. White lights give off a sophisticated feel, but multi-colored lights can add a bit of excitement and joy during gloomy winter nights.
Create a Pretty Entryway: You want potential buyers to be curious about what it looks like inside your home, and it all starts with the front door. Draw the eye to the entryway by adding pops of color and framing the door with light, plants or a nice doormat. You can even think about painting your door a bright color to really attract attention.
Add Some Light Winter Decorations: No need to put a massive inflatable Santa or Frosty the Snowman on your roof, but some nice touches of festive décor can help your home stand out. Try a colorful wreath on the front door, a holiday-themed sign on your front lawn, or a colorful birdhouse amidst your shrubs, bushes, and trees. A small touch of holiday style can greatly increase curb appeal in the winter months.
Enhance Your Lawn with Winter Plants: Most flowers are sleeping for the winter, which means a lifeless, colorless lawn - unless you invest in some winter plants! Blue Holly with its bright red berries is a gorgeous choice to add some color and delight to your home. Winter Hazel naturally blooms in the winter, so you can still get the effect of pretty flowers adorning the exterior of your home.
Bittinger Team, REALTORS - Plymouth and Canton’s Choice for Buying and Selling Homes
Bittinger Team, REALTORS is the top choice among Realtors in Plymouth and Canton, MI. Whether you are looking to buy or sell a home this winter, you need look no further for a dedicated, passionate real estate agent.
Plymouth and Canton, MI residents and those looking to move into the area can rest assured that we’ve got you covered for all your buying and selling needs, even on the snowiest of days. Contact us today to start the buying or selling process and experience for yourself the excellent service Bittinger Team, REALTORS has to offer.