Winter Curb Appeal Helps Sell Your DC Home

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Real Estate Agent with Keller-Williams

Winter Curb AppealIt is possible to sell your DC home during the winter months, and creating winter curb appeal is one great strategy. Unlike the warmer months, you can’t fill your yard with blooming flowers and wicker chairs, but there are lots of other ways to make a potential homebuyer want to see more.

First, make sure everything is in good repair. Check your deck for any loose boards—you don’t want potential buyers getting hurt. Clean and seal the deck if needed.

Walk around the house and get rid of the annuals or other plants that have died off, and cut back other plants to remove dead foliage. If any plants happen to still be blooming, trim away dead leaves to make them more attractive.

Next check out the Internet or visit a nursery in your DC neighborhood to find plants that will thrive in your particular yard. Kale and ornamental cabbage are very pretty and can survive colder days and nights. If you live in a warmer area, primroses are great for a little winter yard color.

Consider putting seasonal plants in pretty containers. Then you can place them wherever they’ll look best for a showing—out front, on the deck, or on the patio. Some vegetables and herbs can stand cool weather and also look good in decorated pots. These include kale, mustard, and Chinese cabbage but there are many more you can find.

If it snows where you live, there are still ways to jazz up your outdoor space. Lights can sparkle up a deck rail, tree, or doorway in any season. Or wrap them around pretty pots and line your driveway with them. Put ornaments in hanging pots or luminaries around a tree. Decorative wind chimes will make music no matter what the temperature and look lovely glittering in the sun. Even if you don’t get snow, these are still great ways to liven up the exterior of your home, especially if you are selling.

In the end, it’s about making your home feel inviting and comfortable. Setting the mood on the outside will give buyers a great first impression that stays with them as they walk through the inside and picture your DC, Maryland or Virginia home as their own.

Rachel Valentino and her team at Valentino & Associates at Keller Williams are experts in buying and selling real estate in the Greater Washington, DC area. Contact Rachel's Team today for all of your real estate needs. Also ask about home-buying programs in DC that might help you out.

 

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Rainmaker
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Donna Foerster
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent
Cherry Creek Properties, LLC

Rachel~ Never thought about using vegetable and herb plants to "decorate" entryways, porches, decks and patios.  Smart thinking!

January 13, 2013 08:25 AM
Rainer
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Kimo Jarrett
Kimo's Lifestyle Solutions
WikiWiki Realty

So, that's how you do it during the winter months. I'm curious how many sales are closed during the winter months in your marketing area or do most sellers simply wait until springtime to sell?

January 13, 2013 10:26 AM
Rainmaker
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Bob Miller
The Ruiz/Miller Team - Ocala's Dream Team
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty

Hi Rachel, great post pointing out the challenges of curb appeal in the North in Winter.

January 14, 2013 03:12 AM
Rainer
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Rob Renk
Easy Hard Money Lender | DFW | minimum $60K+

Great tips for during the winter months to help give the home that extra little pop to make it stand out from the crowd. Excellent post

January 14, 2013 12:52 PM
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Dörte Engel
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton
RE/MAX Leading Edge

Dear Rachel,

Great ideas! In winter, it is easier to see some of the plant matter to trim it up properly. The advantage of your idea of kale & such in containers is that you can go get some for lunch once in a while, instead of letting the leaves die off.

January 14, 2013 07:49 PM
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