How to Make Your Home More Appealing to Buyers in the Winter

While winter isn’t always the ideal time to sell a home, there are plenty of ways to ensure that your home maintains that same curb appeal as it would in warmer months. Read the following for tips and tricks on how to make your home more appealing to prospective buyers—especially in the winter.

Keep the Driveway and Walkways Shoveled

A treacherous walkway and driveway are dangerous to buyers and create a liability problem for you. It’s important to do everything you can to give buyers the best impression of your property, so be careful to ensure their safety by keeping your driveway and walkways shoveled of snow. Furthermore, shoveled walkways and driveways allow prospective home buyers to check for foundational support, increasing their opinion of the home and their likelihood of buying.

Use Quality Lighting Inside and Out

Quality lighting is especially important during winter months when less natural light is available. Brighten your home by swapping your light bulbs for LED bulbs. LED bulbs are not only more efficient, but they will allow prospective buyers to get a better look at the strengths of your property. Furthermore, take advantage of natural light by opening curtains and removing any screens that may block the sun’s rays. Doing so will make the home lighter, as well as warmer during the cold winter months.

If things are still looking dark, you may want to install additional lamps or other forms of lighting. Moreover, the color of your drapes, wall paint, flooring, and furniture can make a big difference. To brighten up your home, try for a lighter wall color like light blue or beige—or even add some large mirrors to help double the impact of light in the room.

Holiday Smells

Everyone loves a scent that takes them back to feelings of home, warmth, and family. Take advantage of the holiday season by enhancing the smell of your home with seasonal scents. This can be done through the use of scented candles, essential oils, potpourri, or air fresheners. Some great holiday scents that anyone would love include cedar for a natural smell, apple cider for some spice, or warm vanilla for comfort. These holiday smells will help potential buyers feel right at home.

Show Off Your Fireplace

If you have a fireplace, now is the time to show it off. The snap and crack of a bright, roaring fire helps to make your house cozy, giving potential buyers a better idea of the potential of your home. A fireplace creates a cozy ambiance, especially when accompanied by a beautiful hearth and mantel. Dress up your fireplace to make it a center attraction by removing debris, scrubbing soot from any screens or doors, and adding simplistic décor to the mantel. Doing so will ensure that prospective home buyers fall in love with your home.

Holiday Décor

If done in a simplistic and appropriate way, holiday décor can help enhance your home’s appeal. However, if the décor is too religious or cheap-looking, it may turn off potential buyers. Showcase minimalistic holiday essentials—like a Christmas tree—with matching ornaments and ample gold or white lighting. While family or religious pieces are priceless, they may distract buyers by keeping them from being able to imagine themselves living within your home.

Some great non-religious, minimalistic holiday décor ideas include greenery—like simple pine wreaths, poinsettia centerpieces, or holly—as well as monochromatic lights, scented candles, and faux fur throws. Don’t forget to showcase your holiday china which can be arranged professionally on the dining table or in open kitchen cabinets.

Clear Winter Clutter

The human brain prefers simplicity and symmetry. Outside clutter and garbage will only weaken your home’s curb appeal by making your home seem sloppy and asymmetrical. Take a walk around the house and look for shovels, snow blowers, or winter toys left stranded in the yard. Make sure that your winter supplies are all kept organized in a specific location of the garage or mudroom. If you have kids or pets who love playing in the snow, try to keep the play confined to the backyard so that fresh snow in the front yard can stay at least somewhat pristine and appealing.

Don’t Forget Outside of the Home

The inside of a home is only half the story when it comes to potential buyers. Curb appeal starts with a first impression—and the first impression of your home is always the outside. It can be easy to get used to the way one’s home looks from the outside, so try to see your home with fresh eyes.

One thing you may notice is, especially in the winter, your home may be looking a bit drab, especially without the color of local flora. Your grass is probably brown or yellow, or covered with white snow, making your home appear dull against such a monochromatic backdrop. Add a pop of color to your home’s outer aesthetic by painting your door a bright color, like blue or red. Add some outside greenery and a winter wreath. Get your holiday lights professionally done to help your home glow. Add some lanterns and small pine trees to decorate your front porch.

Fresh Paint Job

When the trees outside your house are full of leaves, they can easily hide any blemishes or damage to the home. Unfortunately, there are little to no leaves hiding these flaws during the winter season. For this reason, it may be time for an external paint job. If an external paint job is out of the question, then you can always complete a DIY ‘spot job’ by painting only specific spots of the home that need major attention. Just be sure that the paint you use to hide any blemishes is the same color as the original color of paint, or else you may worsen the issue.

While winter can be cold and dreary, it also tends to be a time of warmth and family. Help potential buyers envision themselves enjoying the security of your home by incorporating additional lighting, simplifying holiday décor, minimizing clutter, and more. That way, potential buyers will be excited to begin their new adventure in the comfort of your home—a home that reminds them of family, coziness, and warmth.   

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