How to Keep Up Curb Appeal in the Fall and Winter

By: Maggie Griffin

When selling a home, curb appeal is the first view buyers will see prior to entering your home. Often times, a prospective buyer will decide whether or not they even want to get an inside look based on what they see on the outside. How to keep your home looking attractive in the fall and winter months can be a challenge. But with every challenge, there is an affordable solution saving time and money.

Never assume the market is slower in the fall and winter months. Preparing the exterior of your home during these months will enhance the home’s first impression all the more.

In the fall, colorful leaves are beautiful. But once they start falling and covering the lawn, it is a distraction. It is very important leaves do not get in the way. Keep the lawn and sidewalk clear of leaves along with keeping your lawn mowed. Remove dying and/or overgrown plants along with keeping your shrubs trimmed and shaped. A twice a week effort can result in a higher sales price.

In the winter it is obvious that once the snow falls, the lawn and flower beds are covered. Make sure to keep the snow off the driveway, walk way and any entry location from the outdoors. Brush the snow off the shrubs to allow the shrubs to appear standing tall without the snow weighing the shrubs down. If you are selling your home during the holiday season, try to use very little lights and holiday yard d├ęcor. You don’t want to over clutter the exterior. Keep it simple.

Bringing the home’s curb appeal to life in the seasons of fall and winter is just like preparing your home’s exterior in the spring and fall. How a home’s exterior is maintained is equally as important no matter what the season. A little effort goes a long way when selling during the fall and winter months.

For more advice in selling a home, contact Guerra Realtors, a member of Realty Group CT, for a consultation, free home value market analysis or search for homes in your area at 203-466-7653.

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